International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


Nancy Heneson


On December 2, 1980, former President Jimmy Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, protecting 104 million acres of federal land in Alaska (although mineral surveys will be allowed on protected areas where there may be oil and gas). In the words of former Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus (DO/ News Release, December 2 1980): "This law is the culmination of a nine-year national effort to protect the awesome wonders of our largest state as a part of a great legacy of beauty and nature that is the birthright of every American."