Despite its very unfortunate official name, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is one of the wildest and most ecologically intact unprotected landscapes on the planet. At 22.8 million acres, a size greater than 10 Yellowstone National Parks, the NPR-A is the largest land unit in the country. While its name may conjure up images of roads, pipelines and drilling platforms, the reserve is a largely undisturbed place vital to tens of thousands of caribou, millions of migratory birds, polar bears, wolves and musk oxen.
At The Wilderness Society, 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 Colville River and the Utukok Uplands. These areas, among others within the NPR-A, are special habitats and unique areas within our nation’s network of public lands.
The Wilderness Society works to protect the region's wilderness values and keep drilling rigs out of the most ecologically important 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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- Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Actions to roll back protections for public lands and reverse progress on pollution control and climate change all point to the Trump administration’s goal: Selling out public lands owned by all Americans in the pursuit of dirty energy so a handful of private interests can profit. (See interactive timeline documenting White House actions over the past 12 months.)
Below are highlights of some of the low points from the past year, plus Trump’s spin.
- Friday, January 12, 2018
Two Federal Register notices will be published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Tuesday, January 16th, showing the agency’s intent to rush forward a planning process for monuments in Utah eviscerated by the Trump administration, despite lawsuits challenging the administration’s actions.
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands conducted hearing today on H.R. 4532, a bill introduced by Representative John Curtis (R-Utah) that would enshrine President Trump’s drastic reduction in the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.