Hike to Fight for Alaska's Wildlife
May 24, 2012
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
With an unfortunate name like the "National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska" you know that oil companies are just chomping at the bit to get into Alaska's Western Arctic and start wreaking havoc, but that's not the only thing out there.
The Western Arctic is home to America's largest coal reserve--possibly up to 4 trillion tons of coal! From strip mining to coal pollution, the coal industry in the Arctic would be devastating to Alaska and to our planet, and it would also destroy even more important resources: Alaska's wildlife who depend on the fragile Arctic landscape.
This Thursday we have a chance to protect this wild land from dirty development. We'll be meeting at before a public hearing for a quick walk around the Campbell Creek Science Center to talk more about the Reserve. Then, we'll attend the public hearing to protect Alaska.
At 23.5 million acres, the reserve supports the calving grounds of our nation's largest caribou herd totaling over 400,000 animals, the highest concentration of grizzly bears and wolverines in the Arctic, and critical habitat for millions of shorebirds and waterfowl.
For the first time, ever the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering a new management plan for the Reserve that would safeguard key wildlife areas from destructive oil, gas,and coal development. Will you speak up for Alaska's wildlife before it is too late?
Sierra Club Alaska
WHO: All those who enjoy Alaska’s outdoors
WHAT: Hike to fight for Alaska’s Wildlife
WHEN: Thursday, May 24
- Meet up for a quick, easy hike around the Science Center: 6pm- 6:30pm
- Open House: 6pm – 7pm
- Public hearing: 7pm
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