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Division of the Inside Withdraws Izembek Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Land Change Settlement — The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation


    ? Izembek harbors one of many largest eelgrass beds on the planet, which is why this marine wetland advanced was the primary American website designated beneath the RAMSAR Conference | Gerrit Vyn / Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    The Division of the Inside not too long ago introduced that Secretary Deb Haaland rescinded a 2019 proposed land trade within the Izembek Nationwide Wildlife Refuge that licensed a street to be constructed by the guts of this pristine Alaskan panorama. The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation has labored for many years to guard the Izembek NWR from this menace and celebrates this essential step in direction of safeguarding America’s most ecologically important nationwide wildlife refuge. 

    In its assertion, the Division acknowledged that this land trade course of was flawed and never in line with Departmental coverage. They now intend to resume the method to evaluation different proposals for a land trade that will permit a street. These critically essential wetlands should be protected for future generations, as Congress supposed. Building of a street would have devastating impacts on greater than half 1,000,000 Pacific brant, emperor geese, swans, and different wildlife, leading to habitat fragmentation, disturbance, and air pollution.

    We hope the withdrawal of this land trade settlement indicators a dedication to preserving the conservation values of the refuge and the remainder of Alaska’s conservation lands. The Refuge Affiliation will proceed to work in direction of everlasting safety of the Izembek Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.