“The 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the “Last Great Wilderness”, a place sacred to many, central to the culture of multiple Alaskan tribes, and one of the few remaining intact ecosystems untouched by modern man. At stake is the 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, a rich tundra that provides critical habitat for polar bears, muskox, caribou, and more than 200 species of migratory birds. All of which are under threat by climate change. Few people really understand the Arctic Refuge’s true value — and what will be lost with industrialized oil and gas development.” ~APA The @americanpackraft has partnered with @alpacka_raft to build a custom packraft, Ms. Murie, to assist in the fight for the protection of the Arctic Refuge. She will be taking the grand tour of the far north and beyond collecting stories and signatures from the people who live there and the travelers who are also connected to one of Alaska’s last truly wild places. Here she is taking a break in a Tanana River smokehouse to dry off before being marked up. I just handed her off to the next crew going in. Onward.