12 .3 Million Acres Protected in Alaska Thanks to President Obama
I may not like a lot of things about this current administration in office but they are starting to do things that are important to me regarding the environment.
President Obama has begun a plan that will protect 12.3 million acres in Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The arctic is the largest within the United States.
Now, I may not be in best of health conditions to go to Alaska but this new proposal that is going into effect will make that desire possible in the future.
The area designated to be protected from oil drilling includes:
- 1.52 million acres of coastal plain
- 5.85 million acres of Brooks mountain range
- 4.92 million acres of the Porcupine Plateau
Although the land may seem like there is plenty to go around for oil development and the wildlife that lives there, this is in fact not the case. The drilling for oil would put at risk the endangered polar bears. The bears travel through the reserve throughout the seasons and in the winter mothers give birth to their cubs there. It is also the calving area where you will find porcupine caribou herd. The 12.3 million acres is home as well to grizzly bears and wolves among other species.
I want to believe in the U. S. government but I can't do that unless they continue to be more pro-active with protecting wildlife and the lands that belong to them. Yes, I do believe that the U. S. should be drilling on it's own land rather than depending on imported petroleum but it should never put at risk the land that belongs to animals. We, the people, are merely cohabiting in this existence. People who love the extreme outdoors such as hiking (such as myself), skiing, and just plain want to enjoy nature shouldn't have to be in the wilderness only to see in a near distance an oil drilling rig. It's just plain wrong.
So just this once I thank Obama for protecting the Arctic National. I hope he does more for conservation for what is left of his place in office.