Ambler Mining District Access Right-of-Way

Before the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA)
created Gates of the Arctic National Park
and Preserve (GAAR), the
likelihood of rich mineral deposits in the Ambler Mining District, to the
west of the park, had already been identified. Congress, in considering
the establishment of GAAR, recognized that a transportation corridor
to the Ambler Mining District might become desirable, and might
connect with the Dalton Highway to the east of the Park. The upper
Kobuk River area was included in Gates of the Arctic National Park as
a Preserve. However, Congress made allowances for a transportation
corridor across the new preserve in order to provide access for future
development of mineral resources in the Ambler area.


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