Parnell wants Alaska to become involved in ocean zone plan

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is being left out of talks that would overhaul the federal government's approach to coastal and marine planning.

In a letter to the chairwoman of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, Parnell said he supports the concept of healthy, sustainable oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. But he said policies must be crafted with federal and state involvement.

So far, he said, there's been no substantial engagement by the state in the task force's work.

The plan is intended to take a new approach to management, with goals of reducing conflicts among various interests and preserving critical ecosystems. It went out for a 60-day public comment period in December.

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