Preserve The Reserve!As noted here recently, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking public comment on how it can best manage the Indiana-sized National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (Reserve). A sportsman twitter storm last week was abuzz with the answer: protect the amazing critical habitat in the Reserve, especially waterfowl and caribou habitat!
Tens of thousands of ducks and geese prized by sportsman, including Northern Pintails, Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted geese, Tundra Swans, Long-Tailed Ducks and more depend on the Reserve for nesting, feeding and molting each summer before heading south once again. And the Reserve’s two major caribou herds, including the largest in Alaska, provide a vital subsistence resource for Native Alaskans as well as recreational hunting opportunities for sportsmen.
BLM’s draft management plan identifies an “Alternative B” that does the best job of protecting critical wildlife habitat in the Reserve – let BLM know you support that alternative.
Lend your voice to the thousands of sportsmen, birders, subsistence users and others weighing in to ensure that the spectacular wildlife of the Reserve is protected for generations to come.