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‘Life-saving road’ cuts through Alaska waterfowl habitat

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an agreement to move forward with a land swap in order to build a gravel road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, including portions designated as a wilderness area. Alaska Rep. Don Young, a Republican, said he had been working for more than 30 years to see a road built through the refuge. The proposed single-lane gravel road would be about 12 miles long and connect the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay and give King Cove residents easier access to Cold Bay’s all-weather airport. Currently, King Cove residents must travel across the bay by plane or boat to access routine and emergency medical care, but inclement weather frequently makes these routes dangerous. In a press release, the Interior Department describes the proposed road as a small and “life-saving road,” that would be the “first and only dependable ground transportation for medical emergencies” for King Cove. The press release did not address whether or not the proposed road would also be affected by inclement weather or how it would be maintained. In 2013, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell declined the land swap following a four-year Environmental Impact Statement. At the time, Jewell determined [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/life-saving-road-cuts-through-alaska-waterfowl-habitat/

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