The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice studied and rejected a proposal to build a road through designated wilderness in Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
United States Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan today introduced legislation to authorize the construction of a road through designated wilderness in Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. In response, The Wilderness Society releases the following statement from Alaska Regional Director Nicole Whittington-Evans:
“This is just another example of the assault on America’s public lands. The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice studied this road proposal exhaustively, and made science-based determinations that it should not be built, and that effective alternatives exist to meet the transportation needs of the community of King Cove while maintaining the integrity of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
“A report from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2015 established that there are three modes of transportation that offer a viable alternative to a road, and that one of them—an ice-capable marine vessel—would be at least 99.2 percent effective for medical evacuations. By refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer, Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Sullivan are simply prolonging King Cove’s wait for improved emergency transportation.”