Secretary Salazar: Protect the Arctic Refuge before you leave!

Over the course of the last two years, nearly one million people have weighed in with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Through the department’s planning process, for the first time, the administration could recommend Wilderness for the Coastal Plain – the Refuge’s biological epicenter that has been in Big Oil’s sights for decades. However, we need your help to ensure that this Wilderness recommendation for the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain makes it across the finish line.

Interior Secretary Salazar has announced that he will be stepping down and returning to Colorado.  Before returning to the natural beauty of Colorado, we need him to finalize the Arctic Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) before he leaves.  Please send Interior Secretary Salazar an urgent message that as an American, you have a say in how the Arctic Refuge is managed and you want a Wilderness recommendation.  Now is an important time for all of us to speak up! 

There are some places in this country that define what it means to be American—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of those places. For the past fifty years our country has remained committed to protecting this unparalleled area and the abundant wildlife that depends on it, including polar bears, musk oxen, caribou and millions of birds from around the globe. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is quite frankly too extraordinary to drill.

Send a message to Interior Secretary Salazar asking him to finalize the Arctic Refuge CCP before heading back to the beautiful public lands of Colorado. 

Thank you for your service to our country throughout your four years as our nation’s secretary of the Interior.  You have created a legacy of many additional natural and cultural landmarks protected for future generations like new National Wildlife Refuges and Conservations Areas in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Montana, Florida and your home state of Colorado.  I feel passionately that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be part of your legacy.  Please finalize the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for this amazing national and natural treasure before you leave office.

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