Tanana Valley Sportsmen’s Association, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, and Fairbanks Daily News Miner endorse Arctic Range proposal. Alaska’s Department of Mines and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce oppose it.
Olaus and Mardy Murie conduct scientific studies on the Sheenjek River accompanied by Bob Krear, Brina Kessel, and George Schaller. The group studied the land and hatched a plan to protect it. Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas visited them and began speaking on behalf of the land.
In the 1950’s, George Collins, and Lowell Sumner, two National Park Service scientists, explored an area of Alaska from the Brooks Range north, and published a paper titled Northeast Alaska: The Last Great Wilderness in which they identified the undisturbed northeast corner of Alaska as the best opportunity for protection.
Ernest de Koven Leffingwell part of the Anglo Alaskan Polar Expedition on the schooner Duchess of Bedford. He spent 9 summers and 6 minters in Flaxman island and made 30 exploratory trips before his death in 1971.