Permanent Protection for the Arctic Refuge?

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Originally Posted: 23 September 2011

Permanent Protection for the Arctic Refuge?

FROM National Aubudon Society

ACTION

Please submit a public comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of Wilderness protection for the Coastal Plain in the new Comprehensive Conservation Plan, which will guide the future conservation of this spectacular refuge.

Submit a comment:
https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1155&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=y1rto0qmp2.app341a

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Sharon Seim, Planning Team Leader
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
101 12th Avenue, Room 236
Fairbanks, AK 99701

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Please submit a public comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of Wilderness protection for the Coastal Plain in the new Comprehensive Conservation Plan, which will guide the future conservation of this spectacular refuge. You can use the sample comments provided below, or edit the letter with your own words so that your comments have even greater impact.

SAMPLE LETTER:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support Alternative C in the CCP that would recommend Wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain Wilderness Study Area, adding it to the existing Wilderness areas of the refuge.

I value the Arctic Refuge for the abundant wildlife it supports, including caribou, muskoxen, wolves, grizzly bears, polar bears, seals, and migratory birds. The Coastal Plain provides essential calving habitat for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, the largest international migratory herd in the world. The Coastal Plain also supports nesting habitat for a variety of birds including shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors, as well as denning habitat for threatened polar bears.

Due to its size, remote location, wilderness character, and diversity of ecologically significant landscapes and wildlife, the Arctic Refuge is an irreplaceable national treasure that serves as a globally significant benchmark of ecological integrity in the Arctic.

I urge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to recommend Wilderness designation for all non-designated Refuge lands, including the Coastal Plain (1002 area). This wilderness review and wilderness designation recommendation will help ensure the unique wildlife, wilderness, and subsistence values of the entire Arctic Refuge are protected for future generations.


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