Izembek National Wildlife Refuge: Facts and Data

Monday, March 4, 2013
Blowing snow from winds and ground blizzards can render roads impassable for weeks at a time in and around Cold Bay, as is witnessed here on the Grant Point Road in Izembek Refuge, where snow filled back in as quickly as it was removed. The road, used by the Fish and Wildlife Service, is outside the designated wilderness area.
(January, 2004)

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 Timeline Final_3.pdf