Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the nation’s largest wildlife refuge. It is a pristine landscape of tundra plains and dramatic mountain peaks.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides critical habitat for Arctic species, including caribou, bears, wolves and Arctic foxes. Our work aims to protect the refuge from oil drilling.

Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

America’s largest wildlife refuge is under pressure from oil companies that want to drill for oil in the crown jewel of our national refuge system.

Work we are doing

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of America’s wildlife refuge system. We are committed to protecting it from oil development.

Our partners

The Wilderness Society works with a number of local, regional and national conservation groups to help protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.