Federal government drops appeal for Izembek NWR Road
The Trump administration has dropped its appeal of a court case that blocked a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska.
Alaska Public Media reports the federal government dropped its appeal of the decision rejecting a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
The road would connect the village of King Cove to Cold Bay, which has an all-weather airport.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in March ruled that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't adequately explain his decision when he approved a land exchange for the road. Zinke's predecessor rejected the land exchange.
The federal government appealed.
Trustees for Alaska attorney Bridget Psarianos says Interior Department officials may seek a different legal approach to building the road and the issue may not be over.