Alaska BHA Still Opposes Proposed Ambler Road
PHOTO: Kevin Fraley, AK Chapter, Interior Representative
The proposed Ambler Industrial Road has posed unacceptable risks to Alaska’s Brooks Range for the last decade since the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) has pushed for the road’s development. BHA’s stance on this issue has been, and remains, that the Bureau of Land Management should maintain the Brooks Range by denying the right-of-way for the proposed Ambler Industrial Road.
On October 13th, 2023 the BLM released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) and opened a 60-day public comment period that runs from October 17th to December 19th, 2023.
The 211-mile stretch of road would segment the Brooks Range foothills, America’s most wild and scenic hunting and fishing grounds, permanently altering the wild character of the Brooks Range and diminish the best fly-in and float hunting and fishing opportunities remaining in Alaska. The proposed Ambler Industrial Road—and the resulting mining district—present unacceptable risks to fish and wildlife.
The western Brooks Range is the most remote and untraveled region of Alaska, offering unparalleled fishing and hunting opportunities. The region is home to seven National Wild & Scenic rivers and thousands of additional river miles that are undisturbed and free-flowing, as they’ve always been.
PHOTO: Barry Whitehill, AK Chapter Vice Chair