Thursday, March 06, 2008

Endangered Spaces : Yukon Flats NWF

Does this look like a good place for an oil field?

Beaver Creek in Yukon Flats NWF
Photograph from DLS: Alaska Image Library

In the spring, millions of migratory birds, canvasbacks and loons, swans and geese and songbirds, make their way to Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. This breeding and nesting ground is also home to moose, Dall sheep, black and brown bears.

A proposed land exchange between the Bush Administration's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Doyon Ltd., the largest private landholder in Alaska, wants to cover this pristine land with pipelines, drill pads, oil spills, roads and industrial traffic. The proposal threatens the culture and subsistence livelihoods of people living in eight native villages located on and around the refuge and the wildlife that depend on the refuge for habitat.

Take action at The Wilderness Society

Read about the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

There are frequent requests to access and use refuge lands for a variety of non-wildlife related purposes. One of the staff's management responsibilities is to ensure that all activities that are permitted on the refuge are consistent with its mission to conserve fish, wildlife and habitats in their natural diversity.

Hold them to their mission. Take action today. Take action at The Wilderness Society


G@ttoGiallo said...

Looks better than the Niger delta for sure !

Cynthia Blue said...

Ugh... the title of your post, and the picture, are just heart wrenching. :(


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