Cape Fox bill not in public's best interest

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2003

The

logic behind the Cape Fox land exchange bill that Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently pushing in Congress seems to go against the best interest of the public, both local and widespread. She is proposing to trade 12,000 acres of pristine public wildlands in Berner's Bay for approximately 3,000 acres of predominantly clearcut land near Ketchikan. Not only would we be receiving 9,000 less acres, but the land will become private, off-limits to the public. This tells me that she is thinking of her own agenda rather than that of the hundreds of hunters, fishers, boaters, campers, kayakers, wildlife viewers, and other locals and visitors who work and play in Berner's Bay. I urge anyone who uses this area to attend the public meeting this Saturday at the ANB Hall from 9:30-11:30 to show your support in keeping Berner's Bay in the hands of the public, who will use and enjoy it for generations to come.

Ami Reifenstein

Juneau



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