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WILDALERT NEWS: October 2005 Update October 05, 2005 9:26 AM

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October 2005 IN THIS ISSUE:• Welcome• Go Wild• Take Action:
Arctic Calls Needed• Inside Story:
Energy Policy• News:
Court rules public must be involved in National Forest decisions


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Can you name this animal?

(Photo courtesy US FWS)

(answer below)

Trivia Answer

Muskoxen disappeared from Alaska's north slope some 100 years ago, but they were reintroduced in 1969. There are about 300 muskoxen that use the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge year-round. Cows calve only once every two years.


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As we watch thousands of our neighbors slowly return to take up lives shattered by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, most Americans hear a call to caring and compassion for those who have borne the unbearable.

But a few powerful politicians in Washington are seizing this tragedy as an opportunity to advance their anti-environmental agenda. Already they have moved to gut the Endangered Species Act, ravage the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and sell off our great western public lands, all under the disingenuous pretext of hurricane relief and reconstruction.

None of this will help hurricane victims, nor does it reflect the wishes of the majority of Americans. We don't respond to tough times by selling off our national parks and our last unspoiled forests. In good times and in bad, in war and in peace, Americans have always safeguarded the places that make our country special.

Thank you for all you have done over the past weeks to keep America strong, in spirit and in fact.

Kathy Kilmer
Director, Electronic Communications
The Wilderness Society

Go Wild

Photo: Polar bear cubs,
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK. Photo courtesy US Fish and
Wildlife Service.As autumn shortens the long golden days in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, animals are on the move. Tens of thousands of snow geese, their flight formations like bits of intricate lace against the blue sky, have departed. Millions of other birds -- eiders, tundra swans, and other species -- have flown to milder climates. A hundred thousand caribou (or more) have moved farther south, below the Brooks Range or into Canada where the winters are not so harsh.

But some animals call the Arctic Refuge home year-round, evidenced by the chirrup of a snowy-coated ptarmigan, the bark of an arctic fox, or the howl of an arctic wolf. Pregnant polar bears have set up dens. Moose and muskoxen will use mighty hooves to graze beneath the winter snow. Farther south, in the foothills of the Brooks Range, grizzlies begin their hibernation.

And in Washington, shortsighted officials plot, through propaganda and policy, to despoil this unmatched place forever.

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Photo: Polar bear cubs, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK. Photo courtesy US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Take Action

Your Calls Needed

More than 5,000 citizen activists came to Washington, DC, on September 20 to rally support for protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Together, we literally jammed the halls of Congress with people like you who understand that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is too wild to waste.

Now, it's time to build on the momentum of Arctic Refuge Action Day. Arctic Refuge drilling could come up for a vote any time this month as part of the pending budget reconciliation bill. Please take a moment to phone your Members of Congress. Congress is in recess until Thursday, but you should be able to leave a message. State your name and address (to prove that you are a constituent) then tell your Members of Congress to oppose ANY bill that would hand the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over to oil companies.

Here are the phone numbers for your Members of Congress:

Rep. Dave Obey
(202) 225-3365

Sen. Herb Kohl
(202) 224-5653

Sen. Russell Feingold
(202) 224-5323

Thank you for your continuing attention to this most important legislative battle! You can read more about Arctic Refuge Action Day at:

Inside Story

Photo: Coal bed methane
pump on BLM land in Utah. Photo courtesy BLM.Energy Policy

It's looking increasingly likely that the high gas prices associated with recent hurricanes will serve as a tipping point for our country's energy policy. The question is, which way will we tip? Are we going to blindly pursue the same short-sighted, drill-everything approach that brought us to this precipice or are we finally going to move toward sustainable, forward-thinking solutions?

The business-as-usual approach will just make the oil and gas companies richer and turn our last remaining environmental treasures into industrial wastelands. That's not the future our children deserve. America can protect its best places and move toward a sustainable energy future at the same time.

Some members of Congress have pointed to disruptions in oil production as a reason to accelerate drilling in the U.S. Fortunately, however, Americans are finally realizing that drilling in our last special places would have no immediate effect on prices, whereas reducing demand through conservation and efficiency will immediately reduce prices and our gas bills. Learn more at:

Photo: Coal bed methane pump on BLM land in Utah. Photo courtesy BLM.


Court Halts Bush Administration Effort to Limit Public Involvement in National Forest Management

In mid-September, a District Court ruled that the Administration must provide opportunities for public participation in decisions that affect all Forest Service lands. In particular, the court ruling affects certain projects that were classified as "categorical exclusions," a process which the Administration has increasingly used to eliminate environmental analysis and reduce public participation. Read the full story at:

Workplace Giving

Your payroll deduction through workplace giving programs can support the work we do here at The Wilderness Society. Federal employees, including postal service and military employees, can give through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by designating CFC code #0918 on your pledge card.

If your office participates in Earthshare, which supports environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving, click here to learn more about Earth Share:

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Support The Wilderness Society

Time is running out to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Some members of Congress are trying to exploit the tragedy of recent natural disasters to push forward their oil industry friendly agenda. In fact last week, Representative Pombo (R-CA) introduced a bill that would not only open our Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, but sell of several or our National Parks to the highest bidder!

The Wilderness Society is pulling out all the stops to fight this attack, but must raise $50,000 by October 31 to fund our efforts to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic Refuge. Will you help us meet our goal by donating $50 or more today?

Your donation will help us run radio and TV ads in key Congressional districts, and mobilize grass roots support to convince swing voters to keep the Arctic Refuge wild. But we can only do this if we meet the $50,000 goal.

It's not too late to save the Arctic Refuge, but we must act quickly before we lose this priceless wild place forever.

Click here to donate $50 or more to save the Arctic Refuge!

Words to Inspire

"Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm."
- Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac, 1949

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