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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Review
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Editors: Barbara T. Lieland
Book Description:
Renowned for its wildlife, Arctic Refuge is inhabited by 45 species of land and marine mammals, ranging from the pygmy shrew to the bowhead whale. Best known are the polar, grizzly, and black bear; wolf, wolverine, Dall sheep, moose, muskox, and the animal that has come to symbolize the area's wildness, the free-roaming caribou. Thirty-six species of fish occur in Arctic Refuge waters, and 180 species of birds have been observed on the refuge.

Eight million acres of the Arctic Refuge are designated Wilderness, and three rivers (Sheenjek, Wind, and Ivishak) are designated Wild Rivers. Two areas of the refuge are designated Research Natural Areas. Because of distinctive scenic and scientific features, several rivers, valleys, canyons, lakes, and a rock mesa have been recommended as National Natural Landmarks.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the refuge is that large-scale ecological and evolutionary processes continue here, free of human control or manipulation. A prominent reason for establishment of the Arctic Refuge was the fact that this single protected area encompasses an unbroken continuum of arctic and subarctic ecosystems. Here, one can traverse the boreal forest of the Porcupine River plateau, wander north up the rolling tiaga uplands, cross the rugged, glacier-capped Brooks Range, and follow any number of rivers across the tundra coastal plain to the lagoons, estuaries, and barrier islands of the Beaufort Seas coast, all without encountering an artifact of civilization.

The refuge encompasses the traditional homelands and subsistence areas of Inupiaq Eskimos of the arctic coast and the Athabascan Indians of the interior.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Description of the Refuge

Frequently Asked Questions

Partial Bibliography of Scientific Publications

Purposes of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Time Line: Establishment and Management of the Arctic Refuge

The Quotes on the Previous Pages are from the Following Sources

Partial Listing of Historic Writings

Mammal List

Bird List

Fishes of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Index

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 1st Quarter
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-368-9
   Status: AV
  
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