"Congress recognized the mineral potential of and the specific need for access to the Ambler Mining District to ensure the economic and social needs of the people of Alaska are met. Section 201(4) of ANILCA therefore provides a specific guarantee of access to the Ambler Mining District for these purposes."
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The History of Ambler
The Ambler Mining District has extensive mineral resources, including copper, silver, gold, lead and zinc. It has been characterized as one of the largest undeveloped copper-zinc mineral belts in the world. The area has been explored for decades, but development of the mineral resources has been limited due to a lack of transportation infrastructure. Once complete, the Ambler Access project will provide surface transportation access to the Ambler Mining District and enable further exploration and development of the area’s resources, providing for economic development.