Every year, the 300,000-strong Western Arctic Caribou Herd surges over the hills of the Western Arctic to traditional calving grounds. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch this epic migration take place, and to see the wolves and grizzly bears that follow these herds.
And, with the latest news out of D.C., we’ve taken a major step towards ensuring that this spectacular and ancient annual journey can continue for years to come.
Thanks to your efforts, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this week formally adopted the first comprehensive plan for the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, the largest single unit of public land in the U.S., located on Alaska’s North Slope and almost 22 million acres in size.
The final plan adds protection for five unique Special Areas including Teshekpuk Lake, Utukok Uplands, Kasegaluk Lagoon, Peard Bay, and the Colville River, which are critical to fish, wildlife, recreation and Alaska Native subsistence. The announcement of the final Integrated Activity Plan wraps up a multiyear planning process, and takes a major step toward conservation of the Western Arctic.
The places with new protections have long been the focus of conservation advocacy and some, like the Teshekpuk Lake area, so critical for the nation’s migratory birds, have been protected from drilling up until now by our litigation efforts. There’s more to do, but this week’s decision is a major milestone.
More than 400,000 Americans, including YOU, called for protection of the wildlife and special places within the Reserve. Yesterday, the government listened.
We appreciate your support as we continue our efforts to protect the unrivaled Arctic ecosystem, its people and wildlife from irreparable damage caused by offshore and onshore oil and gas activity.
Thanks for making these protections possiblehau ghostwarrior, when I got this e-mail I felt good. That is until it got to the part about "more than 400,000" signing. Then I thought about, in comparison to, the small number that sign either Lenard Peltier's petition, the petition to help save Lakota children being stolen from their families or similar petitions to rescind the medals of Wounded Knee. My friend, it was a race for the tears and the need to throw up as shame descended upon me. It is hard to believe that people care more about caribou than Indians or righting a wrong in done 1890 but continues today.