The Trump administration has approved a 211-mile road through a remote stretch of northwestern Alaska. The road is meant to aid in the development of the Ambler mining district, which will mostly be developed by a Canadian company. The road will not be open to the public.
The road crosses through several environmentally critical areas, and is considered highly controversial. Besides crossing the range of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, currently the largest in North America, the road would also cross a section of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, the nation’s northernmost national park. Tribal groups along the proposed road, as well as environmentalists, have been tirelessly opposing the road for years.
For more informaiton, check out the Arctic Today article here.