FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2016
Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) Applauds Today’s Supreme Court Decision in Sturgeon v. Frost
“I am pleased by the common sense, unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Sturgeon v. Frost case. As the Court noted, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) ‘carves out numerous Alaska-specific exceptions to the Park Service’s general authority over federally managed preservation areas,’” said Sen. Wielechowski.
“The Court recognized that ANILCA allows the use of snow machines, motorboats and other means of surface transportation for subsistence purposes on federal lands, subject to reasonable regulations. The Court also noted that ANILCA allows the taking of fish and wildlife for sport and subsistence purposes in Alaska National Preserves. This decision affirms the original intent of ANILCA and recognizes that Alaska’s unique conditions must be recognized by the federal government. It is a victory for those living a subsistence lifestyle, hunters, and fishermen across Alaska.”