SB 881: No Lands Bill Meeting
By Johnnie Laird
March 01, 2010
I was surprised to read the schedule of meetings about SB 881
being arranged by Senator Murkowski's staff do not include Ketchikan.
If SB 881 passes into law, up to 50 acres at the following 'Futures
Sites' will be transferred from the Tongass to Sealaska; those
sites are # 15 Dog Cove; # 16 Coho Cove; # 25 Behm Narrows; #26
Shrimp Bay and # 32 (on east the coast of Prince of Wales Island)
Clover Creek ... is that not important enough to discuss with
According to SB 881 ."Alaska Native Future Sites to facilitate
appropriate tourism and outdoor recreation enterprises"
If SB 881 passes into law, undetermined acreages at ELEVEN sites
scattered through out the Misty Fjords Wilderness Area and National
Monument will be transferred from the public domain to Sealaska
ownership as Sacred, Cultural, and Historic Sites is that not
important enough to discuss with Ketchikan residents?
According to SB 881 . "May be used for:
(1) preservation of cultural knowledge and traditions associated
with such a site;
(2) historical, cultural, and scientific research and education;
(3) public interpretation and education regarding the cultural
significance of those sites to Alaska Natives;
(4) protection and management of the site to preserve the natural
and cultural features of the site, including cultural traditions,
values, songs, stories, names, crests, and clan usage, for the
benefit of future generations; and
(5) site improvement activities for any purpose described in
paragraphs (1) through (4), subject to the condition that the
activities are consistent with the sacred, cultural, traditional,
or historic nature of the site.
If SB 881 passes into law, the 79,000 acres of USFS lands on
Prince of Wales Island located outside the withdrawal areas identified
in ANCSA picked by Sealaska as "Economic Development"
lands for its Old Growth timber and taking those lands out of
the public domain and turning ownership over to a for profit
'real corporation' is that not important to enough to discuss
with Ketchikan residents?
On these Economic Development 'out side the box' lands slated
for clearcut logging 'Sealaska style' there are at least 300
miles of USFS constructed roads and 4 log transfer facilities.
That infrastructure cost an estimate of $45,000,000, that you
and I the taxpayers have paid for. Once these lands and roads
are in Sealaska ownership trespass will be an issue; Senator
Murkowski's staff is negotiating a trespass amendment at this
Some of these areas, like the Polk Inlet 'out side the box' pick
are very important to Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island hunters
and fishermen. Also included in the Polk Inlet pick is the Old
Tom Creek Research Natural Area. 4,544 acres of very special
habitat established in 1951 by the USFS and identified in TLMP.
I urge you to contact Senator Murkowski's office today to request
that Ketchikan is included on the list of communities where these
town meetings will be held after all Sitka and Petersburg are
on the list as will as most Prince of Wales Island communities.
Online webmail: http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa
I also urge you to contact Senator Begich's (who is a co-sponser)
office to oppose this bill.
Online webmail: http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailSenator
I also urge you to contact Congressman Young's office to oppose
HB 2055 the House version of the Sealaska Lands Bill which is
scheduled for a resources committee hearing in Washington DC
the week of March 8th.
Online webmail: https://donyoung.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm?Zip5=99901
Thank you .......
Big Game Guide / Misty Fjords / Prince of Wales Island
Received March 01, 2009 - Published
March 01, 2010
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