Alaska Brief Newsletter – September 2015

Sep 14, 2015
Lisa Oakley
Dear Supporter:
Izembek Wilderness Protected!
Court Upholds Decision Against Land Swap and Road
Black brandt stop during migration to feed on the rich eelgrass beds in Izembek Lagoon. Photo by USFWS

Black brandt stop during migration to feed on the rich eelgrass beds in Izembek Lagoon. Photo by USFWS

The court issued a fantastic ruling to keep the Wilderness of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge intact. The lagoon complex of the refuge is a globally important ecosystem for migrating birds.

To allow a land swap and road would be the first time designated Wilderness would be stripped of protection for a road. The purpose of Wilderness is to remain “untrammeled.”

Trustees for Alaska represented eight conservation groups in the City of King Cove and the State of Alaska’s challenge to the Interior Secretary’s decision to deny a land trade and road through the refuge. The court found that the Secretary followed the law in all respects.

We hope that now there can be a public debate about a solution to address King Cove’s needs while protecting public lands and Wilderness.

Learn more about the Izembek Wilderness victory

Here’s to Wilderness!

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Vicki Clark
Executive Director

 

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