The Western Arctic Reserve is the largest tract of wild and undisturbed public land in the U.S., providing wild foods for Alaska Native communities and unique and vital habitat for hundreds of species.
Today, 11 million acres are protected from industrial development under a 2013 management plan. The Trump administration recently released its plan to significantly reduce protected areas in the Western Arctic to allow for more oil and gas development.
This revision to the current management plan would have serious consequences for this ecologically sensitive area and the people who live there, as well as our climate.
The deadline for the public to comment on the administration’s proposed revision has been extended for an additional 15 days, with a new deadline of Feb. 5, 2020.