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 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.
 

Key Points

  • The NPS is legally obligated to permit right-of-way access across NPS lands for this project.
  • There are two alternative routes under consideration (North Route & South Route).
  • The NPS is currently preparing an Environmental & Economic Assessment in order to:
    • Evaluate which route would generate fewer environmental, social and economic impacts on preserve resources, and rural and traditional lifestyles including subsistence activities
    • Develop terms and conditions for the right-of-way permit
  • Initial public scoping was completed in January 2018.
 

Last updated: July 12, 2019

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