Conservation Groups Oppose Sealaska Land Bill

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Among the most vocal critics of Sealaska’s land selection bill are conservation groups. They point to past logging practices by the regional Native corporation and others, which have removed large stands of trees from Southeast Alaska, and say the region can’t support much more in the future.

Most say they want Sealaska to get its land entitlement, but that it should be within the boundaries set by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Sealaska officials defend the corporation’s environmental record, and say the bill will allow them to be an even better steward of the forest.

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