BLM pursues Beaver Creek buyouts

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS - The federal Bureau of Land Management hopes to buy out private property owners along Beaver Creek, which was designated as a "national wild and scenic river" by Congress in 1980s.

With the help of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, the agency obtained $300,000 from Congress last fall to fund the buy-outs in the White Mountains northwest of Fairbanks. The agency has asked for another $700,000 next year.

However, some of the property owners say they aren't interested in selling.

The Beaver Creek properties are all on the river's banks, where people floating the scenic river can see them. Each summer, about 400 people make the float.

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