And now, for more good news: The Senate version of this bill, The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Bill, was introduced in April by Senator Bill Roth (R-DE) as S.862, with 22 original co-sponsors. This bill would fully protect the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife refuge by designating the area as permanent wilderness.
The coastal plain has enormous ecological and cultural significance. It provides habitat for more than 200 species of wildlife and over 125 species of migratory birds, including tundra swans and king eiders. It also serves as the central calving grounds for the 150,000-member Porcupine Caribou herd, upon which the native Gwich'in people rely for their nuitritional and cultural subsistence. Despite the coastal plain's immense value to wildlife and humans, the oil industry has long sought to open the area to oil exploration and development. These two bills would assure permanent protection of the refuge from oil speclulation and other development.
What you can do: Write a short thank-you letter to the U.S. Representative from your district.
4th -The Honorable Christopher Smith, 2370 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
7th - The Honorable Robert Franks, 225 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
12th - The Honorable Rush Holt, 1630 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
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