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Interior Department strikes land swap deal with Alaskan village for road through national wildlife refuge

Construction of a 12-mile gravel road would be allowed through protected Alaskan wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge as part of a land swap negotiated by the Interior Department. (Kristine Sowl/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
January 7, 2018

The Interior Department has approved a land swap deal that will allow a remote Alaskan village to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, according to local officials. The action effectively overrules wilderness protections that have kept the area off limits to vehicles for decades.

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