Fed. Agency Rejects Alaska Refuge Road

Posted at: 02/05/2013 10:18 AM
By: DAN JOLING, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The federal government has rejected a plan to build a road through an Alaska wildlife refuge to give a small Aleut village better access to medical care.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it won't approve a land exchange that would have allowed construction of a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

The agency concluded a road could cause permanent damage to wetlands used by migratory birds, including some that are endangered.

The nearly thousand people who live in the village of King Cove want the 9-mile road to give medical patients a land link to nearby Cold Bay and its all-weather airport.

Environmental groups strongly protested the road.

The land exchange would have given the federal government 56,000 acres in exchange for land for the road.

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