Support the AAP and Securing Alaska's Future
The BLM needs to hear from supporters of economic development and job opportunities for Alaskans. Making your voice known through the submittal of comments and letters of support on the pending Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the AAP will help BLM continue to move forward and re-instate the right-of-way (ROW) for this crucial Path to Opportunity. Please submit comments using the form below.
In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) was passed that aimed to strike a balance between preserving Alaska lands while also providing opportunities for continued economic development. One of those balances included the provisions in the Act for a transportation right-of-way (ROW) across the newly established Gates of the Arctic National Park to known mineral resources in the Upper Kobuk region. In 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) that enabled the issuance of the ROW. In 2022, the ROW was rescinded after lawsuits were filed by opposition to the road based on alleged deficiencies in the EIS. Last fall the BLM initiated a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to address the deficiencies. The draft SEIS is now available for public review and the BLM is seeking comments on their analyses to inform their final decision on reinstatement of the ROW. Support for the AAP and the proposed road will help inform the BLM's decision surrounding the reinstatement of the ROW. Please take the time to submit comments and letters of support through the below form.