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10.20.14

Decision Point for the Western Arctic

In just a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management will issue its final decision for the first oil production facility in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is our nation’s largest parcel of public land, and over half of its 23 million acres are available for oil … read more

09.15.14

Journey on the Etivluk River in Alaska’s Western Arctic

There are few places in the U.S. where you can find herds of wild animals living as they have for thousands of years. In Alaska’s Western Arctic that’s about all you can encounter as it is home of two of the largest caribou herds in the country. I just visited … read more

03.7.14

BLM Falls Short of Comprehensive Analysis of Proposed Western Arctic Development

Late last month, the Alaska Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a set of five draft alternatives for the development of the first commercial oil production facility on federal land within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The proposed Greater Mooses Tooth oil and gas development is located in the wildlife … read more

11.20.13

Legislation Aims to Nullify Balanced Approach in Western Arctic

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Lands, Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 1965), introduced by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO). If signed into law, the legislation would nullify protections for the most critical wildlife habitat and native subsistence areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The bill … read more

06.12.13

House Bill Seeks to Nullify Balance in Western Arctic

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1964, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Access Act, introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA). If signed into law, the bill would nullify the Obama administration’s balanced plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The current plan, finalized earlier this year, protected the most critical wildlife habitat and native subsistence areas within … read more

06.11.13

BLM Protects Five Special Areas During Western Arctic Leasing Process

This past week the Bureau of Land Management issued a call for nominations for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). This “call” is the first step toward putting forward an oil and gas lease sale that will likely take place this November. Nominations for lease sales will not be honored for roughly 11 … read more

05.22.13

Proposed Legislation Nullifies Balanced Approach in Western Arctic

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1964, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Access Act, introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA). The bill would nullify the Obama administration’s recently finalized management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve), our nation’s largest unit of public lands. The … read more

02.21.13

Final Alaska Reserve Plan Applauded

The Conservation Lands Foundation praised the Administration for signing a final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This action is a solid step towards putting conservation on equal ground with oil and gas drilling on public lands. Read our press release.

11.14.12

Introducing Alaska Program Director Ben Greuel

The Conservation Lands Foundation welcomes Alaska Program Director Ben Greuel and his work to protect the Western Arctic with this question and answer about his efforts. Why did the Conservation Lands Foundation create an Alaska Program? The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers approximately 75 million surface acres of land in … read more