Please ask your two senators to protect the fabled Izembek Wilderness in Alaska from a road building project!
In July, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced S.3204, the King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, a bill that would force a land exchange in order to build a 10-mile long road through the heart of the spectacular Izembek Wilderness in Alaska.
The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge – 95% of which is designated as Wilderness – contains critically important wildlife habitat and is a major crossroad for international migrations of many bird species. Izembek Lagoon harbors the world’s largest eel grass beds and is crucial staging habitat for nearly the entire population of Pacific brant (a species of goose), as well as for unique Emperor geese that are found only in the Bering Sea region. The area is also home to the famous Alaskan brown bear, rich salmon spawning areas, caribou, wolves, wolverine, seals, sea otters, and other mammal species. In fact, more than 200 species of wildlife and nine species of fish are found in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness area.
Since the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, Congress has never stripped a designated wilderness of protections to build a road! That's why a road slicing through this wild masterpiece would be an unspeakable travesty and set a dangerous precedent for using land trade schemes to develop our precious Wilderness lands across the country.
Thank you for taking action urging your two senators to oppose S. 3204, a bill that would force a land exchange in order to build a 10-mile long road through the heart of the Izembek Wilderness in Alaska.
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