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BIKING Cross-Country for Arctic Wildlife Refuge

roses? shmoses! this saturday join us to welcome two sisters to portland as they ride their bikes on a 4,000 mile trip from seattle to washington, dc for the arctic refuge!
What happens when you care about protecting a place so much you'll go to great lengths to save it? For two young women it means riding their bicycles on a cross-country adventure in a campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. Sisters Emily and Betsy
>Ferry are bringing their message to Portland, OR - that drilling in our last great wilderness is not the solution to our energy needs. Easy energy alternatives can help save the Arctic Refuge and other special places that
are threatened by oil development.
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>The Ferry sisters will be riding to a welcome rally being organized by concerned citizens in Portland at 11:00am this Saturday, June 9th, on the new esplanade bike route, under the Hawthorne Bridge on the East side of the Willamette.
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>Join us to welcome our two intrepid bikers, and hear more about the fight to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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>WHAT: A Welcome to Oregon Rally
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>WHEN: June 9, 2001 - 11:00am
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>WHERE: The Esplanade, Portland's newest bike route, on the East bank of the Willamette River, under the Hawthorne Bridge.
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>WHAT TO BRING: You, your friends, your bike, signs welcoming Emily and Betsy to Portland!
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>INFO: For more information, please contact Dan Gareau with the Alaska Coalition of Oregon at (503) 531-7949, or e-mail Danielle Morales with the Alaska Wilderness League,  RefugeRide@alaskawild.org.
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>WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO: We need folks to cross the Oregon/Washington border with the Ferry sisters! Meet in Vancouver at Ester Short Park (just North of the I-5 bridge) at 9am to ride to the welcome rally. Contact Emily
>Ferry directly at (860) 508-9907 and let her know you'll see her at the park - or just show up! Driving Directions to Ester Short Park from Portland: Cross the I-5 Bridge. Take the 2nd Exit onto C street. From C Street, take the
>first left onto 6th Street. Follow 6th, through two lights, the park will be on your right hand side (at 6th and Columbia).
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>THE FULL SCOOP: Sisters Emily and Betsy Ferry are on a summer-long cross- country bike tour in a campaign to protect Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. The young women, who started the
>tour on June 5, are pedaling from Seattle, Wash., to Washington, D.C., visiting cities and towns across the nation to encourage protection of the national treasure while promoting alternative energy production and
>conservation. They will ride into Portland, OR on June 9th.
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>"We first had the vague dream of biking across the country together. Then we realized that we could combine the adventure with our passion for protecting the Arctic Refuge," Betsy Ferry said. "It seemed especially appropriate to talk about alternative energy production and conservation while propelling ourselves across the country by pedal power."
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>The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protects some of America's most spectacular wilderness and wildlife, including polar bears, caribou, grizzlies, musk oxen and millions of migratory birds. Each summer, the
>Porcupine caribou herd currently estimated at 129,000 migrates hundreds of miles to the 1.5 million acre coastal plain where the cows have their calves. The calving grounds are considered sacred by the Gwich'in people, a
>subsistence culture, who rely on the Porcupine caribou to maintain their traditional way of life.
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>"Drilling for oil destroys wilderness and burning oil pollutes the air," Emily Ferry said. "Continuing to depend on oil is not the answer. We need sensible energy alternatives that reduce the United State's dependence
on oil while protecting treasures like the Arctic Refuge."
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>Despite estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey that a mere 6 month supply of oil exists under the fragile tundra, the Bush Administration has included drilling in the Arctic Refuge as an important piece of the nation's energy policy. Simultaneously, the Administration has
decreased funding for alternative energy technologies, while eliminating energy conservation programs and incentives.
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>"We want to inspire others to act - whether it's by riding their bike across town, writing a letter to their representative, or even just beginning to think about how they get their energy," Emily Ferry said.