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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A Place in the Sun for Right Whales Endangered North Atlantic right whales can breathe a sigh of relief! NMFS has made their slow-speed zones permanent, granting much-needed protection from ship strikes to these vulnerable whales. Wild Holiday Gift Ideas Looking for the perfect gift for the wildlife-lover in your life? Here’s a collection of gift ideas perfect for you. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves!