90 professional athletes have signed this letter to Congress, urging members to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. Please join in:

Dear Member of Congress,

We write to ask you to protect Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and ensure that drilling for oil in this sensitive landscape is not included in the budget process. As professional athletes, we not only deeply appreciate our nation’s wild spaces for their intrinsic value, but we also depend on these areas to practice our skills that support our livelihoods. Protecting the Arctic Refuge, and other wilderness areas like it, is not only protecting a wild place to recreate, but also protecting America’s recreational economy and our jobs.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of our nation’s most iconic wild areas, and it deserves our most enduring legal protections. An immense wilderness, bursting with biodiversity and framed by the awe-inspiring Brooks Mountain Range, the Arctic Refuge is pristine, it is spectacular, and it belongs to all Americans. For more than fifty years, our country has remained committed to protecting this unparalleled landscape, particularly its sensitive Coastal Plain, and we want to ensure that it remains off-limits to development for future generations to experience.

Since 1989, Congress has successfully protected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from backdoor attempts to drill for oil in this sensitive ecosystem. We believe that controversial Arctic Refuge drilling language does not belong in the budget process, and, in fact, threatens any must-pass legislation. Recent polling shows that the majority of Americans are “strongly opposed” to drilling in the Refuge. According to recent public opinion research commissioned by the Center on American Progress, 2/3 of Americans oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge, with a majority (52%) “strongly opposed.” In addition, drilling our public lands for fossil fuels will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions. We believe it is important to protect public lands not only for their unparalleled recreation and significant role in the outdoor recreation economy, but also to ensure a stable climate and a future of snowy winters, too.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an important national treasure with adventure-oriented recreational opportunities that are unmatched. We thank you and your staff for recognizing this by doing all you can to protect the Arctic Refuge and ensuring that it remains out of any backdoor attempts, such as the national budget process, to develop it.

Sincerely,

Kit DesLauriers
The North Face Athlete
Skier, Mountaineer, Author
Teton Village, Wyoming

Jenny Abegg
Outdoor Research Climbing Ambassador

Hilary Allen
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Boulder, CO

David Allfrey
The North Face Athlete
Climber
San Jose, California

Peter Athans
The North Face Athlete
Mountaineer
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Ingrid Backstrom
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Leavenworth, Washington

Adrian Ballinger
Professional Mountaineer and Guide
Olympic Valley, California

Jessica Baker
Outdoor Research Athlete and Pro Skier
Jackson, Wyoming

Jeff Berry
Instructor at BayCreek Paddling Center
Rochester, New York

Zahan Billimoria
Adventure Skier & Mountain Guide
Jackson, Wyoming

Jake Black
Professional Snowboarder
Aspen, Colorado

Rory Bosio
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Lake Tahoe, California

Dylan Bowman
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
San Francisco, California

Maddison Bowman
The North Face Athlete
Skier
South Lake Tahoe, California

Rachael Burks
Professional Skier
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kitty Calhoun
Alpinist
Moab, Utah

Julian Carr
Professional Skier
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mark Carter
The North Face Athlete
Snowboarder
Jackson, Wyoming

Jasmin Caton
Climber and skier, ACMG Rock and Ski guide
Nelson, BC

Jimmy Chin
The North Face Athlete
Photographer, Filmmaker, Professional Climber
Jackson, Wyoming

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Professional Snowboarder and Winter Olympian
Park City, Utah

Cody Cirillo
Professional Skier
Breckenridge, Colorado

Liz Clark
Captain, Sailor, Surfer
Santa Barbara, California

Angel Collinson
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Girdwood, Alaska

John Collinson
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Sandy, Utah

Peter Croft
The North Face Athlete
Climber
Bishop, California

Savannah Cummins
The North Face Athlete
Climber, photographer
St. George, Utah

Jeff Denholm
Patagonia Surf Ambassador
Capitola, California

Dorian Densmore
Skier/Artist
Driggs, Idaho

Josh Dirksen
Professional Snowboard Athlete and Ambassador
Bend, Oregon

Emilie Drinkwater
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide and Outdoor Research Ambassador

Tim Eddy
Professional Snowboarder
Reno, Nevada

Kristoffer Erickson
The North Face Athlete
Mountaineer
Bozeman, Montana

Kaitlyn Farrington
Professional Snowboarder and Winter Olympian
Sun Valley, Idaho

Michael Foote
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner, Ski Mountaineer
Missoula, Montana

Patrick Frech
BayCreek Paddling Center
Rochester, New York

Clare Gallagher
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Boulder, Colorado

Caroline Gleich
Ski Mountaineer
Salt Lake City, Utah

Brogan C. Graham
The North Face Ambassador
November Project Founder
San Diego, California

Hadley Hammer
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Angela Hawse
Professional Climber and Guide
Ridgway, Colorado

Margo Jain Hayes
The North Face Athlete
Climber
Boulder, Colorado

Elena Hight
Professional Snowboarder and Winter Olympian
Lake Tahoe, Nevada

David Hulburt
Outdoor Research Grassroots Athlete
Canoe & Kayak Instructor, BayCreek Paddling Center, Inc.

Hilary Hutcheson
Professional Fly Fisherman
Columbia Falls, Montana

Josh Jespersen
Professional Splitboard Mountaineer
Leadville, Colorado

Dylan Johnson
Climber and Patagonia Ambassador
Santa Barbara, California

Dakota Jones
Professional Ultrarunner
Durango, Colorado

Morgan Knapp
Canoe & Kayak Instructor, BayCreek Paddling Center, Inc.

Rob Krar
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Flagstaff, AZ

Eric Larsen
Polar Explorer and Professional Guide
Boulder, Colorado

Brody Leven
Professional Skier
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dan Malloy
Patagonia Surf Ambassador
Ojai, California

Bojan Mandaric
The North Face Ambassador
November Project Founder
Boston, Massachusetts

Dave McCoy
Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador
Seattle, Washington

Ian McIntosh
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Squamish, BC, Canada

Andrew Miller
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Flagstaff, Arizona

KT Miller
Professional Skier
Cooke City, Montana

Nils Mindnich
The North Face Athlete
Snowboarder
Salt Lake City, Utah

Amy Mishkin
Professional Skier and Coach
Outdoor Research Ambassador

Krissy Moehl
Ultra Distance Trail Running
Athlete, Coach, Author, Race Director
Bellingham, WA

Alison Hanks Naney, LMP
Ultrarunner and Coach

Cole Navin
The North Face Athlete
Snowboarder
Grafton, Massachusetts

Luke Nelson
Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador
Pocatello, Idaho

Paddy O’Leary
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
San Francisco, CA

Timothy Olson
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Boulder, Colorado

Hilaree O’Neill
The North Face Athlete
Ski Mountaineer
Telluride, Colorado

Michelle Parker
Professional Skier
Tahoe City, California

Blake Paul
The North Face Athlete
Snowboarder
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Drew Petersen
Skier and Outdoor Research Ambassador
Salt Lake City, Utah

Maddie Phaneuf
Professional Biathlete
Lake Placid, New York

Griffin Post
The North Face Athlete
Skier
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Neil Provo
Professional Skier
Outdoor Research Ambassador

Beth Rodden
Professional Climber and Outdoor Research Ambassador

David Roetzel
Outdoor Research Ambassador and Guide

Nathan Rowland
The North Face Athlete
Ski Mountaineer
Aspen, Colorado

Marie-France Roy
Professional Snowboarder
Whistler, BC, Canada

Bayard Russell Jr
Outdoor Research Ambassador, Mountain Guide, & Carpenter
Madison, New Hampshire

Michael D Schaefer
Patagonia Climbing Ambassador
Redmond, Oregon

Forrest Shearer
Patagonia/ Snow Ambassador
Salt Lake City, Utah

Anne Skidmore
Outdoor Research Grassroots Ambassador, climber, & professional photographer
Madison, New Hampshire

Austin Smith
The North Face Athlete
Snowboarder
Bend, Oregon

Bryan Smith
Filmmaker, Kayaker

Mark Snyder
BayCreek Paddling Center

Seth Swanson
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Missoula, Montana

Mark Synnott
The North Face Athlete
Climber, writer
North Conway, New Hampshire

Margo Talbot
OR Ice Climbing Ambassador
Dylan Tomine
Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador
Bainbridge Island, WA

Stephanie Howe Violett
The North Face Athlete
Ultrarunner
Bend, Oregon

Justin Willis
Wilderness Therapist and Outdoor Research Ambassador

Zeppelin Zeerip
Professional Snowboarder and KEEN Ambassador
Salt Lake City, Utah

Graham Zimmerman
Professional Alpinist and Outdoor Research Ambassador
Bend, Oregon