"This is the value of this piece of wilderness- its absolutely untouched character . . . Just the beautiful, wildness of a free-running river, with no sign of man or his structures. For this feature alone, the Arctic is worth preserving just as it is." - Mardy Murie
The Interior Department announced on March 8th, 2018, that it will be moving forward on an aggressive timeline to allow oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last great wildernesses in North America. 95% of Alaska's Arctic Coast is already open for development. The Refuge contains the last 5%, the coastal plains (the 1002 area), a monumentally important place to preserve. The fight to protect the Refuge is not over. We can still make a difference. Until June 19th, 2018 the Bureau of Land Management will be in the scoping stage and the public can comment. There will be another public commenting opportunity after the "environmental impact statement" has been reviewed.
Our goal this summer is to produce powerful media to encourage action during the public commenting periods. Please share our work and use your voice to help protect this important place.
To start, you can visit the Sierra Club's site here: www.sc.org
And if you'd like to help our project, please visit our campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/expeditionANWR