Board of Game ignoring majority

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's simple math.

More than 500 residents of the Denali Park area signed a petition requesting the Board of Game expand the buffer zone around the park. The superintendent of the park, a resident of the area and an Alaskan, also made this request. The Anchorage Advisory Committee which speaks directly to the BOG supported it as well.

Three recreational trappers were the only ones who might be negatively affected. Those numbers again: 500-plus Alaskans versus three Alaskans.

Now, the BOG has voted to eliminate the buffer zones entirely. Five hundred Alaskans were ignored; three were catered to because the BOG system is so dysfunctional it can't even do simple math.

A rally is planned in Juneau at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, with an event to follow the next day, at which you will have an opportunity to demonstrate to the governor and your legislators your dissatisfaction with a BOG decision that is so blatantly lopsided and biased, so bereft of any justification or science as to be a slap in the face of every decent Alaskan.

It's your chance to let the decision-makers know you won't stand for such a travesty in the management of your wildlife.

Art Greenwalt

Fairbanks



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