White Desert or Nursery of Life?

What stands to be lost if oil development in the 1002 lands of the Alaska Refuge goes ahead?

Not much if you believe pro-development Alaskan Senator Frank Murkowski, who commonly refers to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the 1002 lands as a land of “snow and ice.”  But as the following list of attributes clearly shows, Murkowski’s desert is an arctic eden for wildlife and birds. The Arctic Refuge is, without a doubt, unparalleled in North America for the diversity of habitats and abundance of wildlife that it hosts within its boundaries.