U.S.-Russia Nature Reserve to Span Bering StraitBy Rocky Thompson on January 23rd, 2013
Russia has taken the necessary steps to designate the remote Far Eastern Chukotka as a National Park making what will be the first U.S.-Russian nature reserve. This is the place Sarah Palin was talking about when she made a fool of herself. The park will span the Bering Strait, a remote patch of sea and land that’s important to polar bears and huge hordes of migrating birds.
“Linking the two parks will facilitate conservation, preserve ties between indigenous peoples and allow tighter cooperation on environmental monitoring, according to the US-Russia agreement signed in September.”
The idea was first proposed under Gorbachev, but the deal didn’t move forward until Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally brokered the agreement last September. With the new protected designation on the land from Russia it’s set to move forward.