Trump administration appeals decision in effort to cut road through Izembek refuge


The federal authority on Friday appealed a judge’s decision in March that had halted arrangements to build a road through a wildlife refuge to reach the isolated Alaska community of Prince Cove.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt gave notice the action was appealing the decision by U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason, who had rejected a sod swap between the Interior Department and an Alaska Native corporation.

The January 2018 get exchange would have set the stage for the 11-mile gravel road by way of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula. The village of Monarch Cove has sought the road for decades as a safety measure. It would tie up to Cold Bay, home to one of the longest civilian runways in the state, improving access to difficulty medical flights to Anchorage.

Gleason ruled that Trump’s basic Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, violated federal law after flaw to provide rationale in reversing a decision by his predecessor, Sally Jewell. Jewell had up to accept a land swap for the road.

Several conservation groups deteriorated in January 2018 to stop the land swap. The refuge is considered depreciatory for sensitive wildlife, including most of the world’s population of Pacific baneful brant, a goose that breeds there.

The case heads to the U.S. Court of Invites for the 9th Circuit.

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