Big Step Forward in Protecting Alaska's Caribou
New strategic plan will manage Alaska's 22 million-acre Western Arctic Reserve.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has identified a preferred alternative management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve), which will determine which lands and waters in the 22-million acre Reserve will be protected and which will be leased for oil and gas development.
Thanks to National Wildlife Federation supporters and our partners--who generated more than 400,000 comments in total--it appears the BLM will protect much of the Reserve's critical habitat for iconic Arctic wildlife like caribou, grizzly and polar bears, and millions of migratory birds!
Pat Lavin, conservation policy associate in the National Wildlife Federation's Pacific Regional Center in Alaska, said today:
"The Obama administration is taking a step in the right direction to protect this vital habitat for migratory waterfowl, caribou, and countless other wildlife species. The Western Arctic Reserve is truly one of America's special places, both for the Alaska Natives who depend on its bounty for survival and for the millions of recreational sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts across the county who treasure the wildlife that rely on it."
While this is a great step forward, we haven't crossed the finish line just yet. The new plan is being finalized right now, so we need to tell the BLM to hold the line on this balanced alternative and not open more of the Reserve to oil and gas development. to demonstrate the widespread support that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar needs to put the plan into place
Please "like" and "share" to thank Ken Salazar and urge him to stand strong against pressure to open more of the Reserve to oil and gas development."
For more information about the Arctic, visit: www.nwf.org/arctic