SCI Testifies in Opposition to Proposed Hunting Rule Changes in Alaska
SCI Director of Litigation Anna Seidman traveled to Anchorage in late October to offer public comment at a National Park Service hearing on proposed regulations intended to restrict hunting opportunities on National Preserve lands in Alaska. The proposed rules are intended to directly conflict with state hunting regulations adopted by the Alaska Board of Game. The NPS seeks to manage Preserve wildlife populations for “natural abundance” and plans to avoid management actions intended to benefit those who wish to hunt on Preserves in Alaska. The proposed regulations also seek to change the NPS’s rulemaking strategies so that NPS decision-makers will have greater authority to decide whether and when the public can comment on proposed hunting closures, limitations and restrictions.
The hearing was one of 17 the NPS scheduled throughout Alaska. Several members of the SCI Alaska Chapter also testified in opposition to the proposed rule changes. Members of SCI’s Alaska Kenai Peninsula Chapter testified at hearings held on the Kenai Peninsula.
The NPS rulemaking efforts are just ahead of similar proposals that will be coming from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. The FWS has recently initiated consultation with the native corporations and with the ADF&G over similar proposed rulemaking expected to be announced early next year.