Feds get 52,000 comments on ANWR future


If anybody wonders whether the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge still matters to the American people, just ask the landlord.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received an estimated 52,000-plus responses to its recent call for public comments on a pending update of ANWR’s “comprehensive conservation plan.”

…The Fish and Wildlife Service has said it might recommend additional acreage within the refuge for designation as wilderness, perhaps even the western coastal plain, or what’s known as the 1002 area. Congress would have to approve any new wilderness.

…Two organizations, Seim said, rallied thousands of form letters: The Wilderness Society, which supports wilderness designation for the coastal plain, and the Consumer Energy Alliance, which opposes it.