Exploring and Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
March 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Come hear how Donna Meyers and five women friends spent two weeks backpacking and rafting 200 miles through Alaska’s remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – our nation’s last great wilderness. In July of 2010 the group was dropped by small plane on the tundra at the headwaters of the Canning River. They paddled to the Beaufort Sea with temperatures ranging from 32˚ to 60˚, 24 hours of daylight, and millions of mosquitoes.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a vast untouched wilderness of 19 million acres with no roads, no signs and has been called “America’s Serengeti”. The group saw grizzly bear, musk ox, arctic fox, moose, wolves, caribou as well as lots of birds, smaller animals and arctic plants.
The question of whether to drill for oil has been an ongoing controversy since 1977. Numerous attempts have been made to allow drilling in ANWR. The Sierra Club opposes it. It also supports the native Gwich’in people who depend on the refuge and its caribou for their way of life. In 1982 Congress enacted a moratorium on drilling which has been renewed annually.
In December 2017 President Trump signed a tax legislation including a provision that would open up ANWR to oil and gas drilling. Donna’s talk will bring our renewed attention to this special place that is again under attack.
Donna Meyers grew up exploring California’s rivers and has degrees in biology and conservation planning. For over 20 years she has worked as a consultant on natural resources and watershed conservation and management and has served on expert panels on these topics. She has long been passionate about protecting ANWR and is currently a Santa Cruz City Council member.
When: Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 PM. Come at 6:30 for healthy snacks (provided) and socializing with other wilderness loving folks.
Where: The Live Oak (Green) Grange Hall at[masked]th Ave. near Capitola Rd.
Free. Donations appreciated.
All are welcome. Invite your friends.