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Sealaska land transfer to go forward

The Bureau of Land Management in the United St...Image via WikipediaBy CRAIG GIAMMONA

(04/25/11 11:15:18)
 
A land conveyance that would transfer control of public land near Redoubt Lake to the Sealaska Corporation is scheduled to take a step forward this summer.

Survey crews with the Bureau of Land Management are scheduled to visit the Redoubt area this summer with an eye toward creating a formal plat that would pave the way for 11 acres to be transferred to Sealaska, said Tom Jennings, a spokesman for BLM's Alaska office in Anchorage.

The prospect of transferring Redoubt Falls, where dozens of Sitkans fish for sockeye each summer, to private hands has raised strong concerns among some locals.

"This is an absolute tragedy that this is happening," said Andrew Thoms, director of the Sitka Conservation Society. "It's absolutely unethical that that land could be transferred from public hands to a..... http://www.adn.com/2011/04/25/v-printer/1827068/sealaska-land-transfer-to-go-forward.html

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