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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The Handbook prescribes a sequence of steps by which mineral occurrence potential or development potential is applied to make oil and gas lease stipulation planning and allocation decisions. In essence, under the Handbook, development potential is used to predict the location and intensity of oil and gas development assuming that existing management prescriptions will remain in place. Then, alternatives to existing management are formulated in order to mitigate the impacts and resolve the conflicts that would likely arise from continuing with existing management.
The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now (CO)
The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now (DC)