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Wild Alaska’s Remote Beauty

Future of state’s Eastern Interior depends on new management plan

Alaska’s untamed and secluded Eastern Interior showcases spectacular landscapes, vast river networks, and pristine ecosystems.  These public areas east of Fairbanks, spanning nearly 7 million acres of some of the most remote lands in the U.S., are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).The BLM is expected to release a final Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan in May. The Pew Charitable Trusts urged the agency to prohibit development on lands with wilderness characteristics, areas of critical environmental concern, and riparian conservation areas.

Moose, caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, and eagles are among the many species making their home here, on land that also provides outstanding opportunities for recreational pursuits like hunting, fishing, rafting, and cross-country skiing.

The Eastern Interior has sustained humans for thousands of years, and its people depend on the health of caribou herds, Dall sheep, migratory birds, fish, and water resources. The region’s fish and wildlife not only provide most of the food consumed there, they are also essential to the culture of Alaska’s Gwich’in people.

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