Former industrial sites provide some of the best opportunities for energy development and can help revitalize local economies while reducing pressure to develop renewable energy on public lands, including some of America’s wild places.
Alaska is renowned for some of the most beautiful, wild scenery in the world. A land of epic wildlife migrations and vast undeveloped wilderness, Alaska truly is the nation’s last, great wild frontier.
Does a shift in multiple use toward preservation and recreation mean lower economic potential for rural communities? Not at all, say several recent economic reports. In fact, preserving the natural values of wildlands and sustainable recreation brings big benefits to local economies.
It teems with migratory birds, caribou, polar bears, wolves and other wildlife, but is cursed with what may be the ugliest and most ill-fitting name of any wild landscape: the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.