A caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.
We have a tradition here at The Wilderness Society to open our virtual doors on Thanksgiving and share conversation about the wild places we’re most thankful for.
This year I have to say my place is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I admit I haven’t actually stepped foot in Alaska (yet), but many of our staff have and I continue to be blown away by the photos and stories of their trips to this last wild American frontier. Knowing that it's the 50th anniversary of the Refuge next month, it seems right to give thanks that this extraordinary land still remains unblemished and undeveloped after so many attempts by oil companies to gain access.
Whether it's a place with a special memory attached or one that you love for soul searching and outdoor recreation, you probably hold many wild areas close to your heart. We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, we love to hear stories about wild lands!