This piece comes from our good friends up at NW Navigation Co., Jeffrey and Christine Smith, who lead specialty cruises in the San Juan Islands, as well as the Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. See the original blog here.
Tucked away in the northwest corner of Alaska, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is a hidden jewel overflowing with life and jaw-dropping vistas.
(Written by Alaska Wilderness League Guardian and author John Copp. John is a former software engineer who has spent many years fishing Bristol Bay, and studying marine life and subsistence hunting. John’s new novel is an action-thriller about saving imperiled goose populations on Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.)
Nearly 30 years ago, the elders and traditional leaders of the Gwich’in Athabascans congregated for the first customary gathering of their Nation in more than a century. Those in attendance unanimously decided to speak with one voice against oil and gas development in the birthing and nursing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd.