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Mar 14,2013

Brooklyn Decker: Protect the Arctic

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“Fasten your seatbelts and no smoking on the plane.” I’ve heard these words a million times before, but this time it was different. I was strapping myself into the smallest airplane I’ve ever been in, a de Havilland Beaver affectionately known as “Pumpkin,” and I was about to fly over some of the wildest country in America—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I was joining the Sierra Club for a weeklong adventure through the Arctic.

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Alaska, it is the largest and wildest refuge in the country. I had heard about the beauty and wonder of this place, but nothing can compare to experiencing it firsthand. As we flew north, crossing over the Arctic Circle, I watched spruce trees give way to rugged mountains. Further north the mountains turned to sweeping tundra, wild rivers, coastal lagoons and finally the bays of the Arctic Ocean.

These areas are home to some of our most amazing wildlife. In fact, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains the greatest diversity of animal life of any protected lands in the entire region. Polar and grizzly bears, musk oxen, wolves and wolverines all call the refuge home. On our visit we saw Dall sheep, caribou, red fox, hawks and golden eagles.

Each year, the lush tundra of the Arctic Refuge acts as the birthing grounds for much of this wildlife. Birds I see in my own backyard in Texas begin their lives in the Arctic Refuge before migrating to my hometown and others in all 50 states.

This area is also essential for mother polar bears to build their dens and for the Porcupine caribou herd, which travels hundreds of miles each year to the coastal plain to birth their calves. For these animals, and others, there is no alternative to this place they have depended on for millennia.

Wildlife are not the only ones who depend on the Arctic Refuge. The Gwich’in people, whose cabins we could see from the airstrip in Arctic Village, have lived off this land for centuries. The Gwich’in are the caribou people and they rely on Arctic bounty for their livelihood.

During the trip, I was able to swim in a freezing Arctic river, explore a remote and unnamed slot canyon with a 50-foot waterfall, and go white-water rafting through the most rugged portions of the Brooks Range. I was even able to see the spectacular Northern Lights.

Getting outdoors has always been an important part of my life. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of camping with my family, but this trip was truly an enlightening experience. It was an opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors in a place of unparalleled wonder, and it made abundantly clear the importance of protecting our country’s natural treasures.

The area’s significance to wildlife, native cultures, and sheer untamed beauty are unmatched and irreplaceable. I believe the marvels of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, especially the coastal plain, should be safeguarded—and I’m not alone. Polling shows that four out of five Americans believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should receive stronger protections.

The natural wonders of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge deserve the strongest levels of protection possible to ensure that this amazing place remains unmarred for future generations. I’m grateful for the chance to reconnect with the wild lands that make America great, and I want others to have those opportunities too.

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Oct 05,2012

Where I Go: Brooklyn Decker

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Where I Go: Brooklyn Decker

If she’s not on a film set or at a cover shoot, the beautiful model turned actress and wife of Andy Roddick trades the glitz for the great outdoors. Her tips for camping on an Alaskan wildlife refuge (bring red wine!).

 Anthony Rotunno and Dana Mathews

To get away from it all, I go to . . .The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. I recently went on a Sierra Club outing there.

My favorite way to travel there is . . . It took about four planes to get to the Brooks Range, which was our base. We were about as “off the grid” as one could get.

My favorite place to stay is . . . Some of my best nights of sleep have been in a tent. I really love being outdoors. The third night there I woke up to the Northern Lights, which was one of the more spectacular things I’ve experienced.

My ideal travel companions are . . .My little brother came with me on this trip. He might be the only person I know who is more adventurous than I am.

 

My favorite travel pastime is . . . I recently switched from traveling with books to using iBooks. I’m still conflicted, but it definitely makes travel a bit easier.

When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is . . . There’s no room service in the Arctic. That being said, it’s surprising how good camp food can taste when you’ve been hiking and rafting all day. My biggest indulgence on vacation is red wine, and I don’t discriminate—I’ll try any kind.

Upon arrival, I most look forward to . . . I try to read books about the places that I travel to, and I almost always have music playing. I love vacation, but folk, rock, and a bit of country always take me home and that makes me happy on a trip.

To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is . . . Rafting, kayaking, hiking—you name it, I’ll try it. If I’m not active on vacation I find it to be a bit dull; so wherever I go has to have rigorous outdoor activities.

My suitcase must absolutely contain . . . My music. I’ve been known to make trip playlists. There’s nothing better than taking a moment for yourself on vacation and playing your favorite tunes. The songs will always take you back to that beautiful time and place.

When it comes to luggage, I’m an . . . Underpacker, which sounds low maintenance, but it actually ends up being really expensive!

My favorite best-kept secret about Alaska is . . . The entire Alaskan Arctic is our country’s best-kept secret, in my opinion.

When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I go to . . . Camping trips are actually great for “painting the town red.” You’re in the middle of the woods, and can pretty much do whatever you want with very little consequence. As a kid I remember my parents having a grand ol’ time. Now I just have to convince my friends that it’s fun being grimy for a few days!

Upon departing Alaska, I am most happy to leave behind . . . Dry shampoo. You have no idea how nice a shower feels after almost a week in the wilderness.

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Sep 01,2012

Brooklyn visits the Arctic

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Brooklyn Decker’s Northern Exposure
By Tom Valtin | Green – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 2:18 PM EDT

Brooklyn Decker overlooking the Marsh Fork of the Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Supermodel and actress Brooklyn Decker, recently in the news for her co-starring role in the hit romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, spent a week this summer on a Sierra Club Outing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly as large as the state of South Carolina, the Refuge is America’s largest and wildest wildlife refuge.
“Getting outdoors has always been an important part of my life,” Decker says, “and going on a Sierra Club Outing to the Arctic was a particularly enlightening experience.” She learned from Outings leaders about conservation, climate change, the continual threat of oil exploration and development in the region, and the Sierra Club’s efforts to secure national monument designation for the area so it will be permanently protected for future generations to enjoy.

In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Among the highlights of Decker’s week in the Arctic were floating down the Canning River through a deep glacier-carved valley, whitewater rafting in the Brooks Range (the northernmost mountain range on earth), swimming in near-freezing Arctic rivers, and hiking every day. She explored a remote, unnamed canyon with a 50-foot waterfall, saw the northern lights, and viewed wildlife including dall sheep, caribou, red fox, and golden eagles.
“This outing gave me a chance to really reconnect with nature,” Decker says. “Anyone who spends time enjoying our planet knows exactly why it’s important to protect places like the Arctic.”

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