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Beaver Creek Wild River Map
Yukon Flats Refuge Land Exchange Final EIS Record of Decision
Beaver Creek Wild River: On Most Endangered Rivers list in 2009
Eastern Interior Plan - BLM proposed Mining
BLM Fact Sheet: Eastern Interior Plan Mining Leasing
Fact sheet for White Mountains Mining leasing BLM is considering to put in a supplement to the Eastern Interior Plan
BLM Poster: Upper Black River Minerals Management
From Eastern Interior hearings in Anchorage and Fairbanks April and May 2012
Roads to Resources Map: Ambler, Umiat, and Nome road corridor alternatives (ADOT)
11x17 size Map shows preliminary alternative road corridors under consideration by ADOT.
BLM: Synposis of the Mineral Occurrence and Development Potential Report (Draft)
for Locatable and Salable Minerals: Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan, April 2012, Draft Report by BLM Alaska State Office, Branch of Energy and Solid Minerals
Yukon River
Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
Protecting the Refuge
Evading Congressional intent to protect an intact ecosystem, the land trade would remove habitats from the refuge to allow incompatible oil and gas drilling on the land. Roads, pipelines, and pollution also threaten Beaver Creek and the White Mountains.
The Land
Yukon Flats, third largest in the National Wildlife Refuge System, straddles the Arctic Circle and 300 miles of the Yukon River. Diverse wetlands with 40,000 lakes and ponds are fed by clean rivers flowing from White Mountains and Brooks Range foothills.
The Wildlife
The refuge hosts millions of migrating waterfowl, moose, wolves, Dall sheep, Yukon River salmon, Arctic grayling, and other wildlife.
The People
Ten Gwich’in and Koyukon villages are located in or next to the Refuge. Dozens of Alaska Native and Canadian communities depend on Yukon River salmon. America’s birdwatchers and hunters sight birds hatched here. Visitors enjoy the wild rivers.
Quick Facts & Links
The proposed land swap would have severed the refuge in half and harmed wildlife habitats. Oil spills risk the mighty Yukon River and salmon runs vital for fisheries supporting Gwich’in communities and dozens of other Alaska Native and Canadian communities. The Obama Administration reversed course in 2010 and halted the land swap.
Victory in 6-Year Fight! Applause to Fish & Wildlife Service for Halting Yukon Flats Refuge Land Trade
Alaska Native and conservation groups applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for listening to public and tribal concerns by preferring the “No Land Exchange” alternative in its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge Proposed Land Exchange.
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