Fifty Years of Arctic National Wildlife Preservation

Biologist George Schaller on the debate over ANWR conservation and why the refuge must be saved

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains vital habitat for polar bears who rely on the border of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. (AlaskaStock / Corbis)

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If you treasure something, you can never turn your back, or the proponents of plunder and pollution will move in and destroy it. Let us hope that this anniversary can stimulate politicians to act with patriotism and social responsibility by designating the coastal plain of the Arctic refuge as a wilderness area, and thereby forever prevent oil and gas companies and other development from destroying the heart of American’s last great wilderness.


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