Keep the Arctic Refuge Wild!
- by: Sierra Club
- target: President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe
We've waited more than fifty years for this moment: to permanently protect the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
The Arctic Refuge is valuable for its unique wildlife, wilderness and recreational values, not its development potential. Oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Refuge would harm the wildlife and wilderness, adding to the stress the region already faces from global warming. Once this wilderness is destroyed, it's gone forever.
Big Oil wants to drill in the coastal plain and change this magical place forever. Take this historic opportunity to protect the wildlife and wilderness of the Arctic Refuge.
Subject: Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's Coastal Plain as Wilderness
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to recommend a wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in order to permanently protect America's greatest wild treasure from oil and gas development.
Already the warming Arctic is threatening the region and its wildlife so it is our job to defend the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge, its coastal plain. By protecting the Refuge we ensure critical habitat for caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, musk oxen, Dall sheep, wolves, wolverines, and birds that visit all 50 states.
We cannot hand this wildlife refuge over to Big Oil. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge will not lower today's gas prices or solve our energy crisis; it would only prolong it. Any oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge will disrupt and harm the fragile ecosystem and wildlife the USFWS Refuge system is supposed to protect.
[Your comment here]
Recommend Alternative C for a wilderness designation for the coastal plain. This is critical to keep the wildlife and this wilderness icon protected for future generations.