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Great News for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge!

Great news! Today, the National Wildlife Refuge Association learned the U.S. District Court upheld U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s decision to not build a gravel road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska).

Not only is the road unnecessary, it is also harmful: The road would cut through a federally designated wilderness in the heart of the refuge and destroy this fragile ecosystem. The habitat fragmentation, disturbance and pollution resulting from the construction would cause irreparable harm to hundreds of thousands of Pacific black brant, emperor geese, swans and other migratory birds that rely on this refuge, as well as the caribou, bears, fox and other wildlife that live there.

David Houghton, president of the Refuge Association, stated, “We are heartened that the U.S. District Court recognized the congressionally designated wilderness resources of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge by upholding a decision by Secretary Jewell and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We can now move forward with helping the people of King Cove find a transportation solution that does not include a road through one of the most biologically important places on the planet.”

To learn more about today’s ruling, read the joint press release we issued today with our partners.

Shishaldon Volcano at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge | Credit: Michael Tickle

 

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2015/09/great-news-for-izembek-national-wildlife-refuge/

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