Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has revived her ongoing attack on Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge by introducing a bill (S. 3204) that would force construction of a road through a designated wilderness area.
Secretary Jewell spoke at the event, joining The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), among other guests.
To the native Gwich’in people, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is “the sacred place where life begins.” But to many Alaska politicians, it’s just the cap on a pool of oil, and they want to open the lid and start drilling.
One of spring’s greatest joys is its abundance of beautiful wildflowers. From alpine mountains to dense wetlands to steamy deserts, designated wilderness areas feature a plethora of wildflowers, which are thankfully protected as a cherished part of these landscapes.
In Alaska, Jewell will visit with Native leaders, conservation groups. She'll take trips to several of Alaska’s wild and threatened places. This includes an overnight camping trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area we're fighting to protect.