Every day, Alaska Wilderness League defends public lands and waters in Alaska from attacks like these:
The Tongass National Forest, America’s largest national forest, continues to be threatened by new congressional attempts to clear-cut rare and valuable old-growth trees. In the U.S. House of Representatives version of the 2018 farm bill, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) introduced an amendment that would exempt the Tongass from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. And right now, the U.S. Forest Service has started a planning process to kick-start the largest old-growth logging project in the U.S. in recent history, right in the heart of the Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales island.
The Trump administration recently completed the first step in its process to hold its first lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, rushing forward with plans for destructive oil and gas drilling while disregarding the biological, cultural and climate impacts on a rapidly warming Arctic. This push is the result of Congress passing a controversial tax bill that allows drilling in the Arctic Refuge, sacred lands of the Gwich’in people and vital habitat for caribou, denning polar bears and millions of migratory birds.
The Trump administration is pushing ahead with plans to allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean, both by re-doing the just-completed five-year plan for offshore leasing, and before it’s even done, kick-starting the process of new leases in the Beaufort Sea.
Development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has begun and now industry is focusing on protected Special Areas, including opening sensitive wildlife habitat surrounding Teshekpuk Lake.
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