YubaNet posted an article by the Alaska Wilderness League on the Department of Interior decision to protect five special areas which are critical to fish, wildlife, recreation and Alaska Native subsistence in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
Conservation Groups Applaud Alaska Reserve Plan
Interior Department Protects Special Areas within National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
By: Alaska Wilderness League
Washington February 21, 2013 – Today, the Department of the Interior issued a Record of Decision that formally adopts a new Integrated Activity Plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). Located on Alaska’s North Slope and almost 22 million acres in size, the Reserve is our country’s largest single unit of public land. The final plan appropriately protects five unique Special Areas including Teshekpuk Lake, Utukok Uplands, Kasegaluk Lagoon, Peard Bay and Colville River in the Reserve, which are critical to fish, wildlife, recreation and Alaska Native subsistence. The announcement of the final Integrated Activity Plan wraps up a multiyear planning process, and is the first ever comprehensive plan that has been completed for the entire Reserve.
Read full article at YubaNet: Conservation Groups Applaud Alaska Reserve Plan