Izembek National Wildlife Refuge: Facts and Data

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Credit: Kristine Sowl (USFWS), flickr.

In 1998, Congress passed a law specifically prohibiting a road through designated Wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Despite this prohibition, Congress approved a bill in 2009 (P.L. 111-11, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act) that began a process to review a proposed road through Izembek’s federally protected Wilderness. 

The following resources detail the history of the fight over the road, the spectacular wildlife values at risk from constructing and maintaining a road, and the many ways that the federal government has helped improve the health and safety of the people in King Cove without building a road.

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge - Map

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Past news, statements and blog posts

Sept. 8, 2015: Federal judge rules to protect Izembek wilderness

June 22, 2015: Senate legislation sets dangerous precedent with attack on Izembek wilderness

Aug. 29, 2013: What we hope will be gained by Sec. Jewell's visit to Alaska's threatened lands

Feb. 28, 2013: Izembek road proponents use misleading claims

Feb. 5, 2013: Decision saves Izembek National Wildlife Refuge from road project

Online resources

Myths & Facts on Izembek Road

Why a road should not run through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

The impacts of roads on wildlife and their habitat

Reporter memo: Alaska public lands and Arctic Ocean

Migratory birds take long flight to Alaska

Wilderness at 50 - Wilderness in Alaska