The right road
Re “A win for wilderness,” editorial, Feb. 4
The Times unfairly called one provision of the omnibus public lands bill, allowing a road to be built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, “troubling.” In fact, this would be a win-win for all concerned.
This road would be a lifesaving link for the mostly indigenous residents of the area facing medical emergencies. The federal government would receive 61,000 acres of pristine habitat in exchange for a small right-of-way road that would take up 206 acres.
The Aleutians East Borough is incurring an annual deficit of $1 million from operating its hovercraft for medical emergencies, and cannot afford to sustain this long term. Furthermore, the hovercraft cannot operate during severe weather.