Emperor geese, © USFWS

There will be no road to ruin in Izembek!

 

Secretary Jewell made the right call for a vital national wildlife refuge

Since August, I have been waiting to hear the news. Would Secretary Jewell make the right decision, would she listen to her own Fish and Wildlife Service; to the largest Alaska Native organization, the Association of Village Council Presidents; to Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation groups; to her gut – or would she fail to protect one of our country’s treasured and vital national wildlife refuges?

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (c)USFWS

Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is home to world-renowned, irreplaceable habitat, internationally significant wetlands and wilderness critical to a diverse array of wildlife species including five species of salmon, wolves, foxes, wolverines, caribou, moose, brown bears, shorebirds and seabirds, and marine mammals, including many threatened species. In essence, Izembek is such a special place that the American public long ago deemed it critical to permanently protect. However, the real permanency of this protection was called into question when residents of a nearby village proposed building a road straight through the biological heart of the refuge.

Building a road through Izembek would not only have impacted the refuge and the many species that depend on it, but would have set a devastating precedent for the future wellbeing of all of our country’s wildlife refuges and designated wilderness.

Thankfully, we have another reason to celebrate in this season of cheer. As Defenders and others consistently urged her to do, Secretary Jewell made the right decision – she will not allow the road to tear through some of the most ecologically sensitive land in our nation.

Reach out to Secretary Jewell on Facebook, Twitter (@SecretaryJewell) or via email (feedback@ios.doi.gov) and thank her for making the right call and protecting this vital wildlife habitat!

 

Courtney Sexton, Communications Associate

13 Responses to “There will be no road to ruin in Izembek!”

  1. Debbie

    Thank you Secretary Jewell, the Defenders of Wildlife, and all others groups that worked so hard to get this reufge to remain as it should be.

  2. TERRY CLARK

    I ,AM SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOU AND THE ANIMALS
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS XX
    AND THANK YOU SECRETARY JEWELL
    TO GIVE ALL OF THEM THE LIVE THEY DESERVE

  3. Laura Jimena

    People like this need to change the world, just people, THANK YOU JIMENA

  4. Cynthia Courtney

    I just want to thank you so much for making the right dicision, you will be Blessed..God see’s everything! Amen!

  5. John Schoenfeld

    One of the few bright spots in this world that are ever more becoming dark. Thank you Defenders, Secretary Jewell, and everyone else who put efforts into this.

  6. vicki hood

    Thank you Secretary Jewell. Izembeck is just one of the precious pieces of heritage that you have protected. Like your brain. Keep up the good work.

  7. Brenda Smith

    Madam Secretary,
    Thank you for making many animals, as well as, people a very Merry Christmas and a more than happy New Year. Thank you for making the right decision. God will bless you for being a good caretaker for both the land and the animals.

  8. Jean Le Marquand

    One small step for man, and one giant step for wildlife and the environment. We need more people like Secretary Jewell who have a longer term vision of where we should be going.

  9. Philip Ratcliff

    What’s this? Good environmental news from the Obama regime? Amazing.

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