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Last Chance to Comment on Arctic Refuge Wilderness

Tuesday November 15 is the last day to send in comments to the Fish & Wildlife Service on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's management plan or "CCP." Alaskans made history at the public hearings in Anchorage and Fairbanks with a strong majority supporting Wilderness protection for the refuge compared to those who testifying against it or for drilling. Please take action today!

Last Chance to Comment on Arctic Refuge Wilderness

Clarence Alexander & Lorraine Netro sign in at Arctic Refuge CCP meeting in Anchorage

Tuesday November 15 is the last day to send in comments to the Fish & Wildlife Service on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's management plan or "CCP." 

Alaskans made history at the public hearings in Anchorage and Fairbanks with a strong majority supporting Wilderness protection for the refuge compared to those who testifying against it or for drilling. As Alaskans, we know the true importance of protecting the “wildlife refuge” as exactly that: a refuge.   Click here for Arctic Alert for more information on how to send in commentsTake Action by writing Comments by Nov 15.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) draft management plan called the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), for the first time formally considers recommending Wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain—the area most at risk from oil companies and most critical ecologically.  Oil and Gas development is not a purpose of the Coastal Plain or any part of the refuge, and FWS correctly did not include an oil and gas alternative. 

The Arctic Refuge is unique among refuges because it was established to preserve wilderness values.  It is special as the only part of the entire North Slope of Alaska and surrounding Arctic Seas that is protected by law from oil and gas exploration and development.  The best way to protect the refuge is with new Wilderness Designation.   That is why we are asking you to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support Alternative C that recommends Wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain. The coastal plain is connected within the whole refuge, a vital beating heart connecting caribou and the Gwich’in people, clean air, pure water, birds, and freedom across time and vast landscapes.  Let’s keep it that way for future generations. 

The public comment period runs until Nov. 15, and with your help, we can embolden the USFWS to carry this recommendation to Congress.  There are many other management issues involved in the refuge plan that we will further discuss in future articles.  Go to www.northern.org/arctic for more information about the plan and how to take action.  

 

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