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Protect the Izembek Refuge

Protect Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska’s wildlife refuges continue to come under fire by Congress and the new administration and their latest target is the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 and was one of the first-listed Wetlands of International Importance pursuant to the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for wetland conservation.

Representative Don Young recently introduced a bill, H.R. 218, that would authorize the construction of a road between the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay, through the pristine Izembek wilderness. The road would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars to build and maintain, and is being proposed despite the fact that the federal government has already spent $50 million on a hovercraft and other infrastructure to link these communities.

Please tell Representative Young that H.R. 218 is a bad deal, and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge should be protected from an unwarranted, unnecessary and destructive road.

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