Exploring the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge

Read, Richard
December 2003
Nieman Reports;Winter2003, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p103
The article recounts the experiences of three journalist during their adventure floating north toward the Arctic Ocean from Alaska. Those who write columns without hiking or without at least moving from their keyboards, run certain risks. So do people who brave grizzlies, polar bears, blizzards, severe cold and rickety bush planes. A commercial pilot agreed to drop the three journalists in Arctic Village beside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The vast tundra blazed with autumn color like treeless New England in places, complete with blueberries. The refuge could be opened to oil exploration and drilling as part of a grand bargain on the environment that would also address global warming.


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