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Federal government drops appeal for Izembek NWR Road

 Izembek NWR fall colors (Photo from Kristine Sowl/USFWS)
Izembek NWR fall colors (Photo from Kristine Sowl/USFWS) (KTUU)
Published: Jul. 23, 2019 at 3:21 PM AKDT
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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.

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