This is the nursery of the arctic. Polar Bears burrow into snow caves and give birth here during the cold 24-hour darkness of the arctic winter. In spring, as the polar bears head out to the sea ice, more than 125,000 caribou migrate into the lush pasture that lies beneath the melting snow. With 24-hour daylight, the arctic plain becomes a lush grassland. Millions of migratory birds flock here and large predators such as wolves and grizzly bears come out of the mountains to work the migratory herds.
ANWR’s 1002 coastal plain is the last undeveloped six percent of Alaska’s Arcitic coastal plain. Yes, 94 percent of the arctic coastal plain has already been drilled for oil, is leased for driling, or is reserved specifically for future drilling. ANWR is the only protected remainder.