Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Hearing


by Maggie Young

For over 50 years, Alaskans have been fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, also known as ANWR and today they got their chance.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is updating ANWR's Coastal Comprehensive Plan, also known as CCP.

Alaskans attended a hearing today to voice what they thing are important things to consider when updating this plan.

The CPP revision is really important to them because one thing it manages is hunting regulations.

A good chunk of the people who traveled to the hearing today come from very remote villages and survive off of fish and game every day of their lives.

They also voiced several other well known concerns, like continuing to protect all coastal plains from gas and oil extraction. It's a hot topic that many oil companies and politicians have talked about drilling into.

Right now the Fish and Wildlife Service is having a 90 day public comment period.

They will travel all over Alaska to listen to hundreds and thousands. of people giving their feedback.

The final draft should be ready sometime this spring.


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