Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Trump administration is taking the first steps towards leasing land to oil and gas drillers on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, located in the northeast corner of Alaska. Oil and gas activities would hurt this pristine ecosystem and have far-reaching environmental repercussions.
The Arctic Refuge is an intact ecosystem and home to an array of species, from caribou and polar bears to snowy owls and arctic foxes. It's where over 200 species of birds from five continents travel to each year, to nest and take care of their young. The Gwich’in people, who have lived in this region for hundreds of generations, refer to the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge as “the sacred place where life begins." The Gwich’in rely on the Refuge's porcupine caribou for subsistence. In turn, these caribou depend upon the Coastal Plain as calving grounds each year.