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NFC: Re: Fw: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Alert
Let's try this again.
Those also on the NANFA list already know my position on drilling in the ANWR. I happen to own land in northern British Columbia that has active oil wells on it (the Crown gets the royalties, not me). Resident animals - grizzley, caribou, moose, wolves, etal abound. In fact, many of the animals use the seismic lines cut for exploration as expressways for their travel. In addition, the areas that were cleared for the seismic lines attract the herivores for grazing. I have also hunted along the edges of the ANWR and have flown over some of the western parts of the Refuge. Much of it is big rolling hills covered with muskeg, wild blueberries, saskatoon berries, grasses, etc. Along the streams and rivers are stunted black spruce and stunted willow. If the oil is exploited in much the same way as in northern British Columbia, I honestly can't see it doing much of any harm to the indigenous species. It might even create some windbreaks that would attract wildlife much like !
the artificial reefs created in
the ocean from wrecked war planes, etc. Just my relatively unemotional & unscientific assessment.
Coming soon, my next essay: How logging can & does benefit forest health.