Leave the arctic refuge alone

Having lived in Alaska for nearly 25 years, I've explored the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge many times, including the area that has been proposed for oil drilling. My book, "Midnight Wilderness," describes the extraordinary wildlife and wilderness values of America's only arctic refuge.Contrary to your editorial (OGJ, Aug. 12, 2002, p. 17) the coastal plain of the arctic refuge is a special birthplace for many species. It is a spectacular wilderness area flanked by the highest glaciated peaks of the Brooks Range. You are mistaken about the caribou. The 130,000-member Porcupine caribou herd does not mate there. This herd migrates to the arctic refuge coastal plain each spring to ...

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