As a part of President Trump’s plan to sell leases for drilling in our nation’s largest wildlife refuge, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a rushed draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on December 22. This came just shortly before the five-week government shutdown.
Lynn Larsen, an artist from Fairbanks, Alaska, shares her story and some of her beautiful oil paintings of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Across Southeast Alaska, the refrain was the same: Let the Tongass be.
The coastal plain, opened for oil drilling by the Trump administration, is the birthplace and nursery for the Porcupine caribou herd and land that the Gwich’in call, “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.”