The 22 million-acre Western Arctic reserve, also called the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, is vital to thousands of caribou, millions of migratory birds, polar bears, wolves and musk oxen.
At Wilderness, we work to ensure that oil development in the Western Arctic Reserve occurs responsibly and that sensitive special areas are protected from drilling.
The Western Arctic Reserve provides some of the world’s best and most sensitive wildlife and bird habitat - including the famous Teshekpuk Lake.
The Wilderness Society works with the Department of the Interior, which manages the reserve, to keep drilling rigs out of the most sensitive areas.
We work with a number of local, regional and national conservation groups to help protect the Western Arctic Reserve.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Friday, April 17, 2015
The Department of Interior announced plans, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to revisit royalty rates charged to energy producers—through a long-needed rule making effort. The BLM’s efforts could help ensure that public lands are receiving their full and fair value in the oil and gas leasing process.
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
“Investing in our public lands is an investment in America’s economic security,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “Our national parks, forests and wilderness areas attract visitors and economic activity that support hundreds of businesses and sustain millions of local jobs.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“This Congress may have set a record for its blizzard of attacks on our bedrock conservation laws – laws that protect clean water, clean air and our natural heritage,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.