Road, mine provide funding for studies

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

Sunday's Outdoors article about the Department of Fish and Game's research on mountain goats near Berners Bay made reference to funding for the project but didn't provide details about the source of the funding. I would like to acknowledge and offer appreciation to the funding entities: the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Federal Highway Administration and Coeur Alaska. The DOT and highway administration contribution to the four-year goat study is about $568,000, and Coeur Alaska's contribution is about $215,000. It's important to note, too, that DOT and the highway administration are also providing Fish and Game with an additional $1.17 million for research on moose, wolverines and bears in northern Lynn Canal as part of the mitigation plan for the Juneau access project.

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DOT, the highway administration and Coeur Alaska have worked cooperatively with Fish and Game to ensure that information is gathered to address future management of wildlife populations within the proposed development areas. These studies would not be possible without the benefit of these funds.

Doug Larsen

Southeast regional supervisor

Division of Wildlife Conservation

Juneau



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