26 December 2013 There will be no road to ruin in Izembek! Posted by: Courtney Sexton | 13 comments | Share: 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 (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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!” Victoria December 26th, 2013 Prayers answered Debbie December 26th, 2013 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. TERRY CLARK December 26th, 2013 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 Laura Jimena December 27th, 2013 People like this need to change the world, just people, THANK YOU JIMENA Cynthia Courtney December 27th, 2013 I just want to thank you so much for making the right dicision, you will be Blessed..God see’s everything! Amen! John Schoenfeld January 4th, 2014 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. vicki hood January 12th, 2014 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. Brenda Smith January 12th, 2014 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. Elisabeth lozano January 12th, 2014 Sem a natureza vamos morrer lentamente!!!!! Jean Le Marquand January 12th, 2014 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. Philip Ratcliff January 13th, 2014 What’s this? Good environmental news from the Obama regime? Amazing. Ruth Mekonnen January 16th, 2014 <3 it Collette Castro January 18th, 2014 Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 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?