Debbie Miller, America’s principal authority on Alaska’s North Slope, writes with the clarity of John McPhee and the heart of Bob Marshall. The elegant photographs that inform this book are breathtaking. It’s high time that special areas in the Reserve—Teshekpuk Lake, Utukok River Uplands, Colville River, and Kasegaluk Lagoon—should be declared national monuments. Let the preservation of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska begin.” Douglas Brinkley, Author of The Quiet World
In the far northwest corner of Alaska is a land virtually untouched by time. Miles of rolling hills, mighty rivers, and clear lakes are unspoiled by roads, and rarely visited by humans. In On Arctic Ground, author Debbie S. Miller reveals this vast stretch of public land - a place with the unfitting name National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska.
Inspiring stories are accompanied by images from thirteen wildlife photographers. On Arctic Ground includes contributions from wildlife biologist Jeff Fair, writer Richard Nelson, and paleontologists Jack Horner and Patrick Druckenmiller. From caribou to polar bears, raptors to Velociraptors, discover the treasures of this pristine wilderness.
In January 2013, the Department of the Interior finalized a plan for management of the Reserve providing protection for 11 million acres of special wildlife areas—nearly half of the Reserve.