Alaska focus areas

The Wilderness Society’s work in Alaska focuses primarily on four key areas that are at risk from oil and gas development and logging.

These wild places provide critical habitat for salmon, polar bears, caribou, grizzly bears, whales and many other willdife species. They also are home to Alaska’s indigenous people, who depend on wildlands as a source of food and clean water.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic Refuge is the crown jewel of the nation's wildlife refuge system. You will not find a more pristine landscape, yet every year oil and gas companies lobby Congress to open the refuge to drilling. Our work aims to protect the refuge from such harmful development.

Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is under relentless pressure from oil companies who want to drill for oil offshore. An oil spill here could be disastrous for Arctic wildlife and the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. We're fighting efforts to drill until more scientific knowledge and effective spill-response technology can be developed.

Western Arctic Reserve

This 22 million-acre region, also known as the Western Arctic Reserve, is vital to millions of migratory birds, thousands of caribou and numerous polar bears, musk oxen and wolves. We’re working with the Interior Department to keep drilling rigs out of the most sensitive areas.

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  • Tim Woody

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior has granted the state permission to survey a potential road route through a designated wilderness area in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge for a boondoggle road project that would cost American taxpayers more than $80 million. In response, The Wilderness Society issues the following statement from its Alaska Regional Director, Nicole Whittington-Evans:

     

  • Tim Woody

    On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline,  The Wilderness Society today released a report that debunks one of the primary arguments allies of the oil industry have put forward to promote drilling in one of America’s last pristine, untouched landscapes: Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Statement from Mike Anderson, senior policy analyst with The Wilderness Society:

    “This ill-advised and controversial legislation would greatly undermine longstanding public involvement opportunities and environmental safeguards for managing America’s public forest lands.