Land in Berners Bay should not be traded

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

The land in Berners Bay described in the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act of 2003 should not be traded out of public ownership.

This land is a consolidated tract of coastal land bordering on both Berners Bay and Lynn Canal. The U.S. Forest Service holds both surface and sub-surface rights. The property hosts some old growth reserve. Trading it out of public ownership would split management of the Slate Creek drainage. In public ownership, this property provides the Forest Service more management opportunities. In the future, public ownership of the mouth of Berners Bay provides the best habitat management opportunities for the significant diversity of creatures and people who use the watershed of the Berners, Lace, and Gilkey Rivers.

Let Sens. Murkowski and Stevens know that you oppose using this property as part of a land trade.

Nancy Waterman

Juneau



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