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Open Letter: Proposed “enterprise” site on Martin Creek
By Bonnie Demerjian


June 11, 2011

Dear Senator Murkowski,

As a long time resident of Wrangell and author of a book on the Anan Creek Bear Observatory, I am concerned about the proposed “enterprise” site on Martin Creek near the observatory. Increased fishing pressure in the area may impact the well being of the bear population at Anan Creek. Not only is this important in itself, but the observatory is a prime tourist attraction for visitors to Wrangell. Wrangell has worked hard and continues to strive to diversify its economy with tourism being an important component of that effort. A lodge at Martin Creek may well divert visitors from Wrangell, who generally include a visit to Anan Creek in their plans and are transported their by local charter operators.

I encourage you to remove the Martin Creek site from the proposed Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to help protect Wrangell’s fragile economy from being undermined by outside forces.

Bonnie Demerjian
Wrangell, AK


Received June 10, 2011 - Published June 11, 2011



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