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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

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Protecting the 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.

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The Land

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.

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Quick Facts & Links

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.

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Executive Summary Beaver Creek Placer Mining FEIS, BLM, 1988

By Alaska State Office, BLM, 1988 (BLM-AK-89-001-3809-918) "This FEIS assesses the cumulative impacts of placer mining on the Beaver Creek Watershed as required by the U.S. District Court (District of Alaska) memorandum and order dated May 14, 1987, as amended, in Civil Cased A86-083." {Note: The Beaver Creek Watershed encompasses the White Mountains National Recreation Area and a part of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge}

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Ch. 1 - Beaver Creek Placer Mining FEIS, BLM, 1988

Purpose and Need, Land Status, Litigation history that resulted in this EIS process. Low res. maps are included in each chapter; see below for high resolution maps.

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Maps - Ch. 3 Wildlife, Beaver Creek Placer Mining FEIS, BLM, 1988

Caribou, Dall SHeep, Wildlife, Raptors and Moose Range

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Victory in 6-Year Fight! Applause to Fish & Wildlife Service for Halting Yukon Flats Refuge Land Trade

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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Ch. 2 Beaver Creek Placer Mining FEIS, BLM, 1988

Alternatives description, environmental consequences of Alternatives

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Ch. 5 Public Comments (Part 1) Beaver Creek Placer Mining FEIS, BLM, 1988

Public comments and BLM responses. Part 1 includes: Bureau of Mines (AK and DC), Arctic Audubon Society, 40-Mile mining district, NAEC, EPA, Pacific Legal Foundation, National Park Service, and many individuals.

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