The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has captivated the American imagination for decades. Long before it was made a National Wildlife Refuge it was being explored by early leaders of The Wilderness Society, Olaus and Mardie Murie. Now renowned for being one of the last pristine expanses in the world, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place of quiet beauty, home to polar bears, musk oxen, arctic foxes, thousands of birds, and the famous Porcupine caribou herd.
These caribou, and the rest of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, take center stage in photographs from famous photographer Sebastião Salgado, who recently shared some of the pictures with the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
Salgado’s images hearken back to another early leader of The Wilderness Society, Ansel Adams, whose classic black and white photographs of Yosemite, the Grand Tetons, and other spectacular areas have become synonymous with celebrating our wild places.
With constant threats to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, these images are a reminder of the special nature of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and how it should be kept that way for generations to come.
Happy 50th Birthday Arctic Refuge!