By Jeff Sbonek
June 11, 2011
It is also true that in 1976, congress amended ANCSA specifically at the request of Sealaska, that they be able to make their final land claims selections from within the 10 native village corporation withdrawal areas, the “in the box” areas. If Sealaska were allowed to select prime old growth forest and habitat lands out of the designated box it would seriously undermine a diversified regional sustainable economy of tourism, recreation, commercial fishing, sustainable timber harvest, subsistence, and conservation needs and the ability of the USFS to continue to implement its transition management strategies of balanced multiple use, in exchange for the exclusive , special treatment and economic gain of one special interest group.
Public lands should remain PUBLIC, where-in natives and non -natives have EQUAL access.
Received June 09, 2011 - Published June 11, 2011
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