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20 December 2012, 4:56 PM
Salazar announces National Petroleum Reserve conservation measures
Caribou in the western Arctic, Alaska. (Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com)

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced a final plan for managing the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, a vast and wild area in northwestern Alaska that provides vital habitat for caribou, countless shorebirds, waterfowl, bears, wolves and wolverines, among others.

The plan is the first that covers the entire reserve, and it is a major step forward for protective management of the western Arctic.

Under provisions of the plan, key habitat areas such as these are protected:

Teshekpuk Lake, a wetlands area critical for migratory birds from around the world.

The Utukok River uplands, which provide core caribou calving, insect-relief, and migration habitat for Alaska's largest caribou herd.

Coastal areas, which benefit polar bears, walrus, beluga whales and other marine mammals.

These positive conservation measures are a strong start to ensuring that wildlife and subsistence values in the reserve receive permanent protection. We commend the secretary for this significant forward progress, and we urge the secretary to adopt the plan next month.

Earthjustice, along with other conservation groups, looks forward to continuing to work with the agency to ensure protection for key habitat areas such as Kasegaluk Lagoon and Peard Bay that are not fully addressed in this plan.

Caribou along the southeast courner of the Teshekpuk Lake in 2006. (Subhankar Banerjee)

Caribou along the southeast courner of the Teshekpuk Lake in 2006. (© Subhankar Banerjee)

The waters off the Arctic -- especially the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas -- host a rich variety of marine life, such as beluga whales. Belugas are social animals that often migrate, hunt and interact with each other in groups ranging from ten to several hundred. They are near the top of the Arctic marine food chain, feeding on fish, squid and crustaceans. (Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild)

The waters off the Arctic—especially the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas—host a rich variety of marine life,
such as beluga whales. Belugas are social animals that often migrate, hunt and interact with each other in groups ranging from ten to several hundred. (© Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild)

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We are stewards of the Earth. As such we should speak for the animals who can not speak for them selves. They use tis land for the purposes mentioned above. You would fail the President if you overlooked Animals and their yes of the natural resources.

Please remember the animals and their destruction of habitat if a pipeline is ever drilled or built through their world.

Thanks for protecting this beautiful environment for all the animals living there.

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