While the Willow Project has been getting most of the press, a little-known issue is threatening millions of acres of protected land in Alaska and across the US: the Izembek land exchange and road is now up for decision at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The land swap was approved by the previous administration and, if upheld, would demolish protections to all the lands protected by the historic 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANCILA).
President Biden and Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland need to hear from you that they must withdraw the land exchange agreement before it’s too late.
During the Trump administration, the Department of Interior signed illegal land exchange agreements that would give away a strip of land across the entire Izembek Wilderness and National Wildlife Refuge so the State of Alaska could build a road connecting the small village of King Cove and its commercial seafood cannery with an airport in Cold Bay. This decision allowed conservation laws to be bypassed for the sake of economic interests.
If this road happens, it will set a monstrous precedent that will lead to devastation in the Alaska wilderness and elsewhere in the American west.
That’s why we’re calling on you to speak up and send a message to the White House TODAY. The decision by the court is imminent.