Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project EEA

Aerial view of the Shungnak River

NPS/Ken Hill

On June 30, 2016, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) submitted a final revised application for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project. The proposal is for the construction and operation of an approximately 200-mile long all-season controlled-access industrial road connecting the Ambler Mining District with the Dalton Highway. Approximately 20 miles of the proposed road crosses NPS lands.

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 Environmental and Economic Analysis (EEA) be prepared for the right-of-way across NPS lands in order to: 1) determine a preferred road alignment, and 2) develop appropriate terms and conditions for the right-of-way permit.

Two alternative routes across NPS lands were identified in the project application materials. The EEA will examine each of these routes. In doing so, the EEA will consider which route would generate fewer adverse impacts and assess potential environmental, social and economic impacts upon wildlife, fish, and their habitat, and rural and traditional lifestyles including subsistence activities. It will also develop recommended measures that should be instituted to avoid or minimize negative impacts and enhance positive impacts.

 
Both large and detailed view of proposed Ambler Right of Way route
Regional map (left) showing the 211-mile proposed Ambler Industrial Access Road corridor, and area of detail map (right) showing the two alternative routes across NPS lands.
 

Public Review

• To view or download the Draft EEA, please visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Ambler
• Hard copies are available at the NPS Fairbanks Administrative Center, 4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709

To Submit Comments

Comments will be accepted through OCTOBER 15, 2019 and may be submitted as follows:
• Online: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Ambler
• Mail: Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent,
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Public Meetings

• The 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:

Washington, DC
Capitol Skyline Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.

Kotzebue
Northwest Arctic Borough Chambers
Monday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m.

Ambler
School Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4-6 p.m.

Kobuk
School Gym
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m.

Shungnak
Community Building
Thursday, Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m.

Fairbanks
Wedgewood Resort Borealis Ballroom
Monday, Sept. 23, 6-8:30 p.m.

Hughes
Community Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.

Bettles/Evansville
Evansville Community Hall
Friday, Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Allakaket
Community Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Alatna
Tribal Office
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 3:30-5 p.m.

Anaktuvuk Pass
Community Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m.

Coldfoot/Wiseman
Wiseman Community Center
Thursday, Oct. 3, 4-6 p.m.

Last updated: September 4, 2019

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