The sheer wildness of Alaska is unmatched by any state, leaving most visitors to this land no less than awestruck. Soaring mountain ranges, rushing rivers and Arctic tundra provide critical habitat for salmon, polar bears, caribou, black and grizzly bears, whales, walruses, migratory birds and many other species. They also are home to Alaska’s indigenous people, who depend on wildlands as a source of food and clean water.
Alaska is America’s last great, wild frontier. In Alaska you can still see caribou migrating through vast valleys, salmon streams running through ancient forests and polar bears roaming icy shores of the Arctic Ocean.
From the Tongass National Forest in the south to the Arctic coastal plain in the north, Alaska is full of inspiration, as the locals will tell you.
Some people spend their lives dreaming of a trip to Alaska. From misty islands in Alaska’s panhandle to the tundra covered plains of the Arctic Refuge, there is much to see.
The Wilderness Society’s work in Alaska focuses primarily on four key areas that are at risk from oil and gas development and logging.
There is no time to waste and the scale of the threat is huge. Global warming is already affecting Alaska and will do so for decades to come.
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.
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- Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today, an assortment of local and national groups, globally-respected scientist organizations, denounced the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) release of draft management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumen
- Thursday, August 9, 2018
The Forest Service is conducting a study of whether to ban mining in the watershed for 20 years. In the meantime, a temporary two-year ban is in place.
Chris Rackens, Senior Representative, Government Relations, Wilderness Society, said:
- Thursday, August 9, 2018
This represents yet another attack on America’s public lands that we must protect for current and future generations.
Congress should reject these proposals which would be destructive and short-sighted and are very unpopular, especially with Western voters who prize the wild character of public lands.
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