14 May 2012 A Road to Ruin for Alaska’s Izembek? Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | Leave a comment | Share: Izembek National Wildlife Refuge shelters tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, including the threatened Steller's eider. Located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is internationally recognized as an important wetland, protected as a wildlife refuge and designated as a Wilderness Area. It’s one of Alaska’s most ecologically diverse refuges, with lagoons, tundra and stunning mountain peaks. This incredible habitat is home to brown bears, wolverines, caribou and other wildlife. Tens of thousands of waterfowl, seabirds and shorebirds rely on the Izembek for nesting and feeding. In fact, each fall the refuge shelters nearly the entire population of Pacific black brant and emperor geese. But federal officials are under pressure to move forward with a plan to build a road through the heart of this amazing place. Please speak out now to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NOT to allow a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. There are so many things wrong with the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. It would slice through the ecological heart of this amazing place, devastating fragile habitat and the wildlife that lives there. It would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. It would also set a terrible precedent, threatening other refuges and Wilderness Areas. It is unnecessary—faster transportation alternatives already exist for the area. The deadline for public comments is Friday, May 18th so please take action today. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?