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Victory in the Senate!

12/22/2005 // By Kristin Johnson

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scored a huge end-of-the-year victory yesterday, when a drilling provision was forced off of a Defense Appropriations Bill in the Senate. The provision had been tacked on at the last minute by Sen. Ted Stevens …

Drilling Out of Budget, Into Defense Spending Bill

12/20/2005 // By Kristin Johnson

After almost a month of butting heads over whether or not the scheme to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be included in the final budget bill, Congress was left at a standstill just a week before the holiday …

House Budget + Senate Budget = Arctic Drilling?

11/18/2005 // By Kristin Johnson

Early this morning at 1:45 a.m., the House budget bill, sans Arctic drilling, passed by a vote of 217-215. It will now be combined with the Senate version of the budget bill and put to one final vote in both …

A Gwich’in Perspective

11/9/2005 // By NWF

A guest blog posted by Matthew Gilbert, Arctic Village, Alaska Why are the Gwich’in people raising such a fury over their land and animals? When the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) passed in 1971, it turned hunter and …

Drilling Does Not Mean Domestic Oil Independence

10/12/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Matthew Gilbert of Arctic Village, Alaska The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been an unattainable goal for all the pro-development politicians and activists for one reason: it is an impractical and unethical goal. The argument I …

At Home in the Arctic Refuge: An Inupiaq Perspective

9/26/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Robert Thompson, Inupiaq resident of Kaktovik and wilderness guide I would like to let people know why the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is important to me. I’m an Inupiaq person who resides within …

For Our Children’s Future

9/16/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Susan Alexander, San Francisco I have had the honor to spend considerable time in the Arctic Refuge, much of it on the coastal plain. I’ll never forget my first backpack. As we emerged from the glorious …

NO, it is Not a “Flat, White Nothingness.”

9/14/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Subhankar Banerjee, photographer and author of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land NO, it is not a “flat, white nothingness.” Imagine a land so remote that few have ever visited it except the …

We Are Part of a Larger Natural World

9/14/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Laurie Hoyle, Santa Barbara, CA In summer 1990, I backpacked about 55 miles in the Arctic Refuge starting from the Canning River, cutting through the Sadlerochit Mountains, then hiking across the tundra to the Arctic Ocean. …

Leave the Arctic Refuge Alone

9/12/2005 // By NWF

A guest post by Maggie Sharp, San Francisco I recently returned from a 10-day float down the beautiful Kongakut River. Our trip gave us plenty of time to hike in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and to experience the feeling …

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