The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 200 wildlife species. This unique Arctic habitat is often described as America's Serengeti.
The ANWR coastal plain houses critically important denning area for Beaufort Sea polar bears, migratory habitat for more than 135 bird species and a vital calving area for the 123,000 head Porcupine caribou herd.
Today, we're on the verge of an important milestone in the decades-long effort to protect it. For the first time in history. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released for public comment the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for ANWR.
This is a critical first step toward achieving enduring protection for ANWR's coastal plain.
Please submit your comment below urging the FWS to recommend a wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain to protect it from oil and gas development.
- Planning Team Leader, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
I urge you to recommend a wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in order to permanently protect this unique wildlife habitat from destructive oil and gas development.
This one of a kind Arctic ecosystem is home to nearly 200 wildlife species, including polar bears, musk oxen and caribou. The Arctic Refuge coastal plain is critically important denning area for Beaufort Sea polar bears, migratory habitat for more than 135 bird species and a vital calving area for the 123,000 head Porcupine caribou herd. We simply mustn't allow wilderness of this value to be turned over to the oil industry.
I support Alternative C in the Comprehensive Conservation Plan that would recommend Wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain Wilderness Study Area, adding it to the existing Wilderness areas of the refuge.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
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