06 Jan '18, 11pm

Obscure Alaska road project sets destructive precedent for wilderness: The Wilderness Society

Obscure Alaska road project sets destructive precedent for wilderness: The Wilderness Society

On Jan. 5, it was announced that the Department of the Interior has agreed to a secret "land swap" that would give a portion of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to the King Cove Corporation. The swap is the first step to building a road that could endanger numerous migratory birds, brown bears and caribou while threatening to close off access to sportsmen. Perhaps even more significant than these immediate risks, the move will surely serve as a model for future challenges to federal wilderness protection, America's highest standard of public land conservation. The vast majority of Izembek has been designated as a wilderness area for decades. “This appalling move by the Trump administration is the result of a backroom deal that deprives the public of an opportunity to comment and defend the Interior Department’s science-based decisions against the road,” said Nicole Whittin...

Full article: https://wilderness.org/blog/obscure-alaska-road-project-s...

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