Urge Secretary Jewell To Protect Izembek National Wildlife Refuge!

Empowered By

For more than 65 years, Defenders of Wildlife has led the fight to save threatened and endangered species with innovative approaches that help wolves, polar bears, big cats, and other imperiled wildlife survive in an ever-changing world.

About the Petition

The Department of the Interior has stated that it would prefer to deny the request to build a road through the remote wilderness areas of Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is internationally recognized for its important wetlands and wildlife habitat, and as congressionally designated Wilderness.  

This decision now goes to the Secretary of the Interior to be finalized. Tell Secretary Jewell that you stand behind the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision, and urge her to finalize and adopt the agency’s decision to deny this proposed road.

To: Secretary Jewell

I want to urge you to demonstrate real conservation leadership concerning the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The pristine wilderness of the Izembek refuge is home to almost the entire global seabird population of Pacific black brant and other vulnerable waterfowl, as well as brown bears, wolves, and wolverines.  

The proposed road would cut right through the heart of the refuge, destroying sensitive internationally recognized wetlands and fragmenting habitat and would set a terrible precedent for the management of national wildlife refuges and designated wilderness.   

While recognizing that there were difficult competing public interests surrounding the proposed road, the Fish and Wildlife Service made the correct decision in selecting the "no-road alternative" in its environmental analysis for the refuge, as there are safe transportation alternatives that don't harm the refuge.  

I now urge you to finalize and adopt the agency's decision to protect the integrity of the Izembek wildlife refuge and declare the road not in the public interest.


[Your name here]


  • 3197
    Anna Pukhlimskaya
    Russian Federation
    1 year ago
  • 3196
    Ivelina Ivanova
    1 year ago
  • 3195
    Paula Coral
    1 year ago
  • 3194
    Erik Rogal
    Birmingham, OH
    1 year ago
  • 3193
    Karen O'halloran Miller
    Hillsboro, OR
    1 year ago
  • 3192
    Dawn Marie Dugan
    Ridgefield, CT
    1 year ago
  • 3191
    Glen Koz
    State College, PA
    1 year ago
  • 3190
    Rye, NY
    1 year ago
  • 3189
    Marcia Flannery
    Oakland, CA
    1 year ago
  • 3188
    Valou Pichon Rupp
    1 year ago
  • 3187
    Courtney Lenton
    1 year ago
  • 3186
    Nena Cook
    Newport, WA
    1 year ago
  • 3185
    Janis Kuhn
    Canton, OH
    1 year ago
  • 3184
    Manel Dias
    1 year ago

Get More