For decades, this proposed road been controversial. The community of King Cove wants road access to Cold Bay’s all-weather airport, largely for medical evacuations, but the road would have to cut through a critical habitat area for migratory birds in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
The degree of this controversy, though, is less about the damage the road could cause to Izembek’s particular ecosystem, and more about the precedent that could be set by allowing even one road to be built through federally designated wilderness.
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