Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Stalk a Caribou in the Arctic
The 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the country’s last truly untrammeled wilder- ness—and to 7.7 billion barrels of oil. In 2017, Congress opened the ANWR to energy development, and in 2019, the Trump administration plans to lease 1.6 million acres to petroleum companies in 400,000-acre chunks.
Critics worry the plan not only threatens one of our few remaining wild spaces but also comes at a time when the region’s ecosystem is already stressed from climate change.
Go Now: Arctic Wild leads caribou photo expeditions in the ANWR, while Big Game Backcountry Guides is an authorized hunting guide. —Sage Marshall
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