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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of America's greatest natural treasures. The 19 million-acre Refuge harbors an unparalleled diversity of wildlife. Encompassing an entire mountain range cross-section, it is the last place in North America where the full spectrum of arctic life is protected in one seamless expanse.

Nestled between the Brooks Mountain Range and the shores of the Beaufort Sea in remote northeast Alaska, the narrow 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Refuge is the biological heart of this untamed wilderness.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge as a Wilderness Area – the highest level of public-lands protection. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) introduced this bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives (cosponsored by 151 representatives) and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) introduced the bipartisan Senate bill. Read what Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope has to say about the House and Senate bills.

Photo courtesy Doug Canfield; used with permission.

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