"The National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska is the largest single unit of public lands in the nation, spanning nearly 23 million acres across the western North Slope of Alaska. The Reserve includes some of our nation’s most vital natural resources – millions of acres of wilderness-quality lands with critical habitat for migratory birds, brown bears, caribou, threatened polar bears, walrus, endangered beluga whales and more. The Alaska Native communities that live within or near the Reserve have maintained a subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years based on the Reserve’s living resources.
In the southwest corner of the Reserve, in the shadow of the Brooks Range, you’ll find the Utukok River Uplands – a lush grassland ecosystem that serves as calving grounds for the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Alaska’s largest caribou herd. Here you’ll also find the highest concentration of grizzly bears in the Arctic, as well as large populations of moose, wolves and wolverines. Many Pacific golden plovers who nest in this area migrate to Hawaii, but their migration can extend as far away as New Zealand. More than 100 other bird species use the Utukok River Uplands for breeding, nesting and feeding. The area is home to the Utukok River, a 225-mile long waterway that empties into Kasegaluk Lagoon and the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. The Utukok River was a historic travel corridor for Inupiat hunters, and today more than 40 villages continue to utilize the river and the surrounding lands – and the caribou – as part of a traditional lifestyle.
Five Special Areas of exceptional wildlife value have been set aside by the U.S. Government for additional protection within the Reserve, including the Utukok River Uplands Special Area which is depicted in this poster." -The Alaska Wildlife League
Chris Kent's primary artistic outlet is through plain air (on-location) painting. However his day job, which he truly enjoys, is as a landscape architect trying to make the urban landscapes of California more livable, more beautiful, more sustainable, and more green. Chris’s design took inspiration from the images of Dave Shreffler, a restoration ecologist and avid photographer who has photographed in America's Arctic on 7 different adventures.
Reviving the legacy of the New Deal arts projects by inviting artists from all 50 states to create a new collection of posters celebrating our shared natural landmarks and treasured sites.
Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail.