King Cove Access Project

On June 1, 2020, Alaska Federal District Court Judge John Sedgwick ruled that former U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s decision regarding the land exchange agreement violated the Administrative Procedures Act. In August 2020, the King Cove Group (the Aleutians East Borough, City of King Cove, the King Cove Corporation (KCC) and the tribes in King Cove) appealed the District Court Decision. The State of Alaska and the federal government also filed appeals. Oral arguments for the appeal were held virtually on August 4, 2021. The State of Alaska, the Aleutians East Borough and King Cove continue to work closely and diligently to obtain a Special Use Permit to allow additional field work to occur soon. The State issued a Request for Proposals and selected a qualified company to complete the work. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met virtually with the King Cove tribes, the King Cove Corporation, the Borough and the City of King Cove on August 16, 2021. The Secretary has expressed interest in traveling to King Cove to see the city first-hand, meet with residents and hear more about why the road corridor is necessary to provide safe and dependable transportation access for the community. She is planning to travel to King Cove this year.