Western Arctic Reserve: Work We Are Doing

Susanne Miller/USFWS
The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska provides critical habitat to numerous Arctic species. We are committed to protecting sensitive areas from drilling.

This 22 million-acre region, also known as the Western Arctic Reserve, is vital to millions of migratory birds, thousands of caribou, numerous polar bears, musk oxen and wolves.

The Wilderness Society works with the Department of the Interior, which manages the reserve, to keep drilling rigs out of the most sensitive areas.

Protecting the Western Arctic Reserve

There have been many broken promises and miscues by the oil industry on Alaska’s North Slope. Drilling for oil is a dirty, dangerous business and it must be done right to protect sensitive habitat. The Wilderness Society’s scientific research helps identify areas – such as Teshekpuk Lake – to keep off-limits to drilling.