Meetings announced for proposed Alaska refuge road


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans "scoping" meetings in Alaska and Washington, D.C., this month to collect testimony on issues to consider related to a land exchange and possible road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

… For environmental groups, it's not how much land that's critical but where it's located. A road would split a narrow isthmus in one of the most sensitive areas in the refuge, according to The Wilderness Society, causing irreparable harm and adding stress to an ecosystem already feeling effects of climate change. Environmentalists also say the road would set a bad precedent for a refuge.

…The first scoping meeting will be Thursday night in Anchorage. A second is planned for March 11 in Washington, D.C. Meetings also are scheduled for King Cove, Cold Bay, False Pass, Sand Point and Nelson Lagoon in April.