Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project EEA
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting public input on a Draft Environmental and Economic Analysis (EEA) prepared in response to a right-of-way application submitted by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as part of the proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project. Approximately 20 miles of the proposed road crosses NPS lands in the western (Kobuk River) unit of Gates of the Arctic National Preserve. Two alternative routes across NPS lands were identified in the project application materials. The Draft EEA examines each of these routes.
The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) requires that right-of-way access be permitted across NPS lands for this project. In addition, ANILCA Section 4(d) directs that an EEA be prepared to: 1) determine the most desirable route across NPS lands, and 2) develop appropriate terms and conditions for the right-of-way permit.
To view the Draft EEA, please use the 'Open for Comment' tab at the left.
Hard copies are available at the NPS Fairbanks Administrative Center, 4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.
To view additional supporting materials including the revised final project application and a simplified route map, please use the "Document List" tab at the left.
TO SUBMIT COMMENTS
Comments will be accepted through OCTOBER 29, 2019 and may be submitted online or by postal service mail as follows:
Online: please use the 'Open for Comment' tab at the left.
Mail: Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent,
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
The NPS Draft EEA is being released at the same time as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the full length of the proposed Ambler Road.The BLM has scheduled public meetings for the Draft EIS. The NPS will be in attendance at the following BLM meetings:
Capitol Skyline Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
Northwest Arctic Borough Chambers
Monday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m.
School Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Wedgewood Resort Borealis Ballroom
Monday, Sept. 23, 6-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Evansville Community Hall
Friday, Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m.
Wiseman Community Center
Thursday, Oct. 3, 4-6 p.m.
Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent (907-455-0614)