The Allure of ANWR

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been a hot-button
environmental issue for over a decade. The sprawling expanse of tundra is regarded by environmentalists as the American
Serengeti. But how many people have actually gone to ANWR? It’s not an easy place to reach, and vast herds of Caribou
notwithstanding, there’s really not a great deal there. That doesn’t make it any less important as a place to protect
from oil development, but I have been wondering what the place is actually like. And so
here’s a piece in Audubon magazine about ANWR. As
one might suppose, the Audubon piece is bullish on the allure of the plain, but I thought this was a fine article, and
one worth reading if the ANWR debate at all interests you.