Even as it appears we may have avoided another government shutdown, the Tongass National Forest remains potentially on the chopping block, and I can’t help but reflect back on my last trip to the Tongass in southeast Alaska.
Today the Senate voted 51-49 to approve the first stage of a complicated multi-part budget reconciliation process that, if the Alaska congressional delegation gets its way, will attach drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on to a massive package of tax cuts.
A growing number of Alaskans are resolving to address climate change while also crafting a sustainable future for our state’s economy. Below, wilderness guide Haley Johnston describes what made her fall in love with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And if you’re from Alaska and wish to add your voice, head on over here.
On the final day of May 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – the man responsible for preserving America’s public lands – stood before the Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference and declared Alaska “open for business.”