In 1980, the US government banned new human occupation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a protected area home to thousands of native animals and unspoiled terrain. Currently, only a handful of families spread among seven permitted cabins are allowed to remain in the refuge. Within less than 100 years, all remaining permits will reach expiration, and there will be no human presence left.
With over 19 million acres of pristine and primal arctic wilderness, extreme conditions, and miles away from native communities, this is where these few people call home. In the refuge, prop planes, canoes and dog sleds replace the modern luxuries that most people take for granted, and humans cohabit with the animal world.