Urge Department of the Interior to Finalize Wildlife Refuge Protection

Target: Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior

Goal: Protect wildlife refuge by denying road construction

The city of King Cove, Alaska has been advocating to build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect the cities of King Cove and Cold Bay. In efforts to protect the wildlife and natural resources in this area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has denied this construction request. It is now up to Secretary Ken Salazar of the Department of the Interior to make the final decision. Please urge Secretary Salazar to support the USFWS’ decision and protect the wildlife refuge.

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is one of Alaska’s most ecologically unique refuges. It is internationally recognized for its important wetlands and wildlife habitats. This wilderness area protects a wide variety of organisms, including wolves, foxes, caribou, brown bears, salmon, and many waterfowl species. During migration seasons, many marine mammals pass through Izembek’s coastal waters and clear lagoons. These marine mammals include harbor seals, sea otters, walruses, the threatened Stellar’s sea lion, gray whales, and humpback whales.

Although a new road would benefit Alaskan communities, the construction of a road in this pristine environment would cause irreparable environmental damage and impact thousands of species. The new road would dissect the refuge and destroy sensitive habitats that will be forced to recover for decades to come. Constructing a road through this refuge would also set a negative precedent for the future of environmental management and wildlife protection.

The USFWS has shown their stance on the matter and it is imperative that the Department of the Interior follows suit. Secretary Salazar has 30 days to make the final determination to deny construction through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Sign this petition to urge Secretary Salazar to protect the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and declare the road to be not in the public interest.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Salazar,

I am writing to you in regards to the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has strongly voted against this proposed construction because of the negative impacts it would most certainly cause to the area’s wilderness habitats and species. I would like to urge you to follow suit in protecting our nation’s natural resources and deny the request to build this road.

As you may know, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is one of Alaska’s most ecologically unique wilderness areas. The refuge is home to a variety of animals, including wolves, foxes, caribou, brown bears, salmon, and many waterfowl species. It is internationally recognized for its important wetlands and pristine forests that provide habitats for many species. Izembek National Wildlife Refuge also provides coastal waters and clear lagoons for migrating marine mammals. Although the proposed road may be beneficial to Alaskan communities, it would undeniably cause irreparable environmental damage that would set back environmental protection efforts.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service voted against the construction of a road, while recognizing that there are transportation alternatives that would not harm the refuge. I am now asking you to follow suit and protect the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge by declaring the road to be not in the public interest.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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