ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

The Biden administration today announced regulations to safeguard “Special Areas” identified for exceptional wildlife and cultural values in Alaska’s Western Arctic. Defenders of Wildlife supports this action for the area known as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska but recognizes this is only one step toward improving the ways we manage the nation’s public lands, including the 22-million-acre reserve, in line with national climate and biodiversity goals.  

“I can't imagine living in a world without polar bears or other incredible Arctic wildlife and today's announcement is one step closer to ensuring a continued future for all Arctic wildlife species,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, senior Alaska Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife. “BLM must continue to align public lands management with our national goals to address the climate and biodiversity crises, including in the Reserve.” 

For over 75 years, Defenders of Wildlife has remained dedicated to protecting all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With a nationwide network of nearly 2.1 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife for generations to come. To learn more, please visit https://defenders.org/newsroom or follow us on X @Defenders.

  

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