Anchorage, AK (March 16, 2022) – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Wednesday in support of a Trump-era decision to construct an 11-mile gravel road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The three-judge panel for the court decided 2-1 to reject a district court’s 2020 ruling, potentially resulting in the long-term degradation of Izembek’s designated Wilderness and wetlands.

“This decision not only threatens the irreplaceable Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, but the integrity of our nation’s most important conservation and public land laws,” said David Krause, Interim Executive Director. “Izembek is one of the most unique and important ecosystems on the planet, and we’re fully committed to ensuring its permanent protection.”

More than 82 species of birds are found in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Bering Sea. Learn more about the proposed road through Izembek and how it will impact birds, wildlife, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and Wilderness Act here.

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Katrina Peavey, Audubon Alaska, 907-433-5300, katrina.peavey@audubon.org

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