Environment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is criticizing the proposed route for a road aimed at upgrading access to the southern mouth of the Kenai River, saying a road in the location would encroach on a rich, ecologically sensitive, wetland that hosts spring and fall migrations of geese, ducks and many species of shorebirds.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider making the yellow cedar the first Alaska tree to be granted Endangered Species Act protections. The conifer is afflicted by a long-term die-off linked to climate change. Yereth Rosen
Depending on who you ask, a new federal proposal will make Alaska water safer for animals and humans, or it will gut the economy by putting millions of new acres of lakes, wetlands, even wet tundra under the permitting requirements of the Clean Water Act.  Alex DeMarban
After announcing plans in January, President Obama is formally recommending that Congress expand the wilderness designation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including in the potentially oil-rich coastal plain.Alex DeMarban
As warm temperatures bring breakup to Interior Alaska, crews are scrambling to clean up more than 800 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled when a tractor-trailer overturned on the Dalton Highway near Mile 59 last week.Megan Edge
Far northern lakes have formed, filled and emptied for thousands of years, but this is the first time scientists have observed it with instruments. Ned Rozell
Earthjustice's Holly Harris said that this time an injunction is needed because logging could begin as soon as Wednesday.Pat Forgey
Development on Eklutna Inc. land next to Chugiak’s popular Loretta French park will proceed without a contentious construction and demolition debris landfill.Zaz Hollander
A northbound tractor-trailer rolled into a ditch near mile 58 of the Dalton Highway early Tuesday morning, spilling an unknown amount of fuel, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.Megan Edge
About 2.68 million visitors took advantage of Alaska's 23 national parks last year, and state Park Service spokesman John Quinley said that number is expected to climb this year and next, as the Park Service prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday.Elwood Brehmer