Imprudent policies

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

Transferring the permitting process currently implemented by the Habitat Division of the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources, mines and roads in Berners Bay, a road to Skagway, a road up the Taku River, predator control from helicopters and planes, exchanging stumped forest for old growth (Cape Fox Land Exchange), and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling.

I don't believe these policies, plans and ideas of the Murkowski Administration will "grow the Alaskan economy." In fact I believe they will ultimately have the opposite effect. Our economic base cannot be grown by politically spawned, shortsighted, and inadequately based scientific data. Our natural resources, including fish and wildlife, are uniquely abundant and viable as compared to the Lower 48.

I believe that any time we consider significant impact to our environment, which equates to our natural resources, we must first and foremost assess the biological and ecological components. This prudence will conserve and promote long-lasting resource usage as well as ensure healthy habitats. Politically spawned and shortsighted policies for natural resources will deplete our state. Now is the time to let the Murkowski administration know that fast track deals to "grow our economy" are bound to fail us all terribly!

Jenny Pursell


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