It was one of the darkest moments for wildlife in the Trump administration: With no authority and no warning, the Department of the Interior gave away globally important habitat in Alaska to let private corporations build a destructive road right through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
This backroom deal wasn’t just reckless – it was illegal. Those are Congressionally protected wilderness lands designated to preserve vital habitat for wildlife. Former Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt had no right to privatize those lands for road builders.
You can help us protect Alaska’s wildlife and wild lands while undoing a horrible precedent. We’re calling on our supporters to urge the Biden administration to withdraw the Trump administration’s land exchange in the Izembek Refuge!
SIGN HERE: Urge Biden to protect globally important Alaskan habitat!
This land exchange violates one of our nation’s greatest conservation laws: The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (or ANILCA). ANILCA protected over 100 million acres of federal lands in Alaska by placing them into protected status as national parks, refuges, wilderness areas, monuments, and wild and scenic rivers.
Undercutting ANILCA to build a destructive road through the Izembek Refuge and wilderness threatens the wellbeing of caribou, brown bears, wolves, and entire populations of wild birds by fragmenting their habitat and increasing human disturbance and hunting pressure. And if a Secretary can simply trade away protected refuge wilderness lands, then all of Alaska’s treasured lands and wildlife are at risk!
It’s time to right this wrong: Join us in calling on Biden to uphold ANILCA and protect Alaskan wildlife and land today!