19 April, 2002
Cloudy, morning and afternoon flurries, High 28, Low 9
News, News, News
Two Canadian Geese arrived at Creamer’s field for some
rest before heading up further north. Unfortunately, a
territorial bald eagle chased them off less than an
We expect more will be coming within the next few
To resolve US energy crisis, President Bush proposed
an energy strategy, which included oil drilling from
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern
Alaska (ANWR). Yesterday, the legislation denied this
Just a year after Alaska became a state President
Eisenhower reserved 9.5 million acres for the ANWR in
1960. In 1980, Congress expanded the ANWR to 19.6
million acres, reserving 1.5 million acres for further
study. In 1989, legislation wanted to use oil
resources from this 1.5 million acre lot but the
Valdez oil spill intercepted this plan. In 1990, an
energy bill affirmed by Congress was blocked. In 1995,
President Clinton vetoed a budget compromise using oil
resources from ANWR. Currently, there are several oil
fields along the northern coast of Alaska up to the
beginning of the ANWR plains. In fear of demolishing
ecology and wildlife, residents and politicians
continue to block oil field developments on the ANWR.
Second semester is coming to an end at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Jeffries’ research assistant,
Craig (forestry major) presented his senior thesis on
espacement of white spruce trees to students and
faculty members from the natural resource management
department. For the past year, Craig measured the
diameter of these trees at assigned plots with various
espacements. The purpose of this study is to determine
the most effective espacement plan in consideration
for ecology and economy.
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