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On February 28, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opened a 90-­day public scoping period on a proposed 211-mile controlled industrial access road in the southern foothills of the Brooks Range. The BLM published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) identifying and analyzing concerns and issues associated with a proposal to build a road originating at the Dalton Highway and ending at the Ambler Mining District.

Update to extension on 90-day comment period: After working closely with project stakeholders to schedule public meetings in communities potentially impacted by the project, the BLM has extended the current 90-day public scoping period to go until January 31, 2018.  

The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the EIS, including alternatives to the proposed action, and to guide the EIS process. The BLM invites the public to provide comments on scoping issues.

The Ambler Road SF-299 Application Package can be reviewed at:

1) The Documents page listed on the left side of this website

2) The BLM Alaska Public Room 
Federal Building, 1st Floor
222 W 7th Avenue 
Anchorage, AK 99513

3) Fairbanks District Office
Public Room
222 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709­-3844

You may submit comments on the proposed Ambler Road Project during the scoping period by any of the following methods:
email: blm_ak_akso_amblerroad_comments@blm.gov
fax: (907) 271­5479
mail: Attn: Ambler Road Comments
        222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
        Anchorage, Alaska 99513.

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) submitted a consolidated application with the BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rights­ of­ way, permits, and related authorizations for the proposed project. The proposal, named the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, would facilitate resource development and economic opportunities for the State of Alaska. Because approximately 26 miles of the proposed road would pass through a conservation system unit, the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, the entire application process is subject to the provisions of Title XI of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).

The start of the road would be on BLM-­managed lands within the Dalton Highway Utility Corridor. The road would then extend across State-­owned lands, Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, lands privately owned by Alaska Native corporations, and isolated BLM-­managed parcels. The proposed road would cross roughly 24 miles of BLM­-managed lands in total. The road is currently considered for industrial use only and not open for public access. BLM Alaska will lead the analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) working cooperatively with other state and Federal agencies.
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