While many of us may never visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we all want as many natural resources preserved as possible. The Department of the Interior has the ability to protect these natural resources by designating, in the case of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the entire 19- million-acre refuge as wilderness.
NHES values all forms of wildlife and supports efforts to protect wild creatures and their habitats. The idea of a national wildlife refuge conjures up images of lush forests, mountain vistas, ocean waves, animals living in harmony, and unspoiled land. Depending on where we live, we may find forests replete with wild birds, flora, and fauna. If by the ocean, we find marine life as the waters share their cornucopia of creatures. We may think of hiking trails, canoe trips, and photographic moments where we experience wildlife up close. What most of us don’t want to see or experience is the decimation of a refuge for commercial purposes.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its many inhabitants—polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, musk oxen, caribou, and millions of air and aquatic animals—need our protection. By asking the secretary of the Interior to designate the refuge as wilderness, you will be letting him know you support the natural environment and you want to ensure the 19-million-acre refuge will remain a part of our nation’s natural heritage.
The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary, Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240