Western Arctic Reserve: Work We Are Doing

Susanne Miller/USFWS
The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska provides critical habitat to numerous Arctic species. We are committed to protecting sensitive areas from drilling.

This 22.8 million-acre region, also known as the Western Arctic Reserve, is vital to millions of migratory birds, thousands of caribou, polar bears, musk oxen and wolves.

The Wilderness Society works to keep drilling rigs out of the most sensitive areas.

Protecting the Western Arctic Reserve

There have been many broken promises and miscues by the oil industry on Alaska’s North Slope. Drilling for oil is a dirty, dangerous business and it must be done right to protect sensitive habitat. The Wilderness Society’s scientific research helps identify areas – such as the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area – to keep them off-limits to drilling.


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