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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- Thursday, July 19, 2018
An upcoming December oil and gas lease sale on public lands in Colorado would have broad impacts on local wildlife and communities, exacerbating conflicts between the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda and local governments and communities. Areas proposed for leasing include protected sage grouse habitat, the embattled North Fork Valley and big game habitat and migration corridors.
- Thursday, July 19, 2018
Yesterday, a leaked Pentagon document containing the Department of Defense views on an irrelevant rider in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding sage-grouse and other species revealed the true intent behind the perennial effort by Rep Rob Bishop (R-Utah). The provision, Sec.
- Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Congress is set to vote on a Department of the Interior funding bill amendment that would block the agency from carrying out its duty to properly manage and protect priceless cultural and natural resources within the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona.