BLM announces leasing plan for northeastern NPRA

The Bureau of Land Management today announced their leasing plan for the Northeastern¬† portion of the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska or NPRA. Although the land is a designated energy reserve, it also contains wetlands and lakes that provide habitat for migratory birds, caribou and is a source of subsistence hunting for North Slope Inupiaq.¬† The BLM’s decision will set aside 219,000 acres that comprise Teshekpuk lake and its islands and defer leasing on an additional 430,000 acres.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage