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Federal court approves controversial road through Izembek NWR

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a ruling in support of a Trump-era decision and a Southwest Alaska village that has long sought construction of an 11-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

A three-judge panel for the court, with one judge dissenting, determined that former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in 2019 correctly approved a land exchange between the Interior Department and King Cove’s Alaska Native village corporation, according to the 44-page decision. The land exchange would pave the way for the road.

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