Every day, Alaska Wilderness League defends public lands and waters in Alaska from attacks like these:
The Trump administration has completed the first step in its process to hold its first lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and could be on the verge of greenlighting seismic exploration on the coastal plain. The administration is rushing forward with plans for destructive oil and gas drilling while disregarding the biological, cultural and climate impacts on a rapidly warming Arctic.
The Tongass National Forest, America’s largest national forest, continues to be threatened by new attempts to clear-cut rare and valuable old-growth trees as the U.S. Forest Service is in the midst of a planning process to kick-start the largest old-growth logging project in the U.S. in recent history, and has begun a separate process that could lead to national forests in Alaska being exempted from federal roadless protections.
The Trump administration has been rushing forward with plans to allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean, looking to replace the recent five-year plan for offshore leasing and kick-start the process of issuing new leases in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, just off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The good news: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Trump five-year plan “has been sidelined indefinitely.”
Development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has begun, multiple drilling projects are on the horizon, and industry has shifted its focus to gaining access to protected Special Areas, including opening sensitive wildlife habitat surrounding Teshekpuk Lake.
The Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska, a region that boasts the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery supporting thousands of jobs, is threatened by the massive Pebble Mine. The developers behind Pebble Mine have pushed plans forward to develop an open pit mine, putting at risk fish, wildlife and the livelihoods of people who depend on Bristol Bay.
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