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The Ledyard Bay Critical Habitat Unit was designated because of its importance to migrating and molting spectacled eiders, and includes waters of Ledyard Bay within about 1.85-74 km (1-40 nautical miles [nm]) from shore. Individuals from all three breeding populations molt in Ledyard Bay, including most (77%) females that nest on the North Slope (Petersen et al. 1999). Primary constituent elements identified for LBCHU are marine waters > 5 m and ≤ 25 m deep, along with associated marine aquatic flora and fauna in the water column, and the underlying marine benthic community. Conserving the ecosystem processes and physical and biological features of Ledyard Bay may be essential for the conservation of spectacled eiders
Significant support was shown by Alaskans for a balanced land management approach that protects special areas for wildlife, cultural values, and recreation in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. See what Rep. John Dingell, Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, and the Northern Center say about this prized place!
NAEC Comments Regarding the Re-evaluation of the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP), August 15, 2008
NAEC comments regarding the Re-evaluation of the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP), December 23, 2008