National Parks Group Applauds Federal District Court Ruling for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   December 4, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768
Jim Stratton, Alaska Region Senior Director, National Parks Conservation Association: 907.229.9761
Katie Strong, Staff Attorney, Trustees for Alaska: 907.276.4244 x108


National Parks Group Applauds Federal District Court Ruling for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Statement by Jim Stratton, Alaska Region Senior Director, National Parks Conservation Association
“Through the Federal District Court for the District of Alaska’s ruling, the National Parks Conservation Association is pleased to confirm that the regulations we as Americans expect for our national parks will continue – that park rangers can protect resources inside our national parks and preserves. NPCA, represented by Trustees for Alaska, stood behind the National Park Service in this issue and filed an Amicus brief with the court.”

“The court’s ruling this week affirms that all 128 miles of the Yukon River, 108 miles of the Charley River, and the entire Charley River watershed included in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve will continue to be protected by the National Park Service, as was authorized when Congress designated the preserve through ANILCA, just over 33 years ago.”

Statement by Katie Strong, Staff Attorney, Trustees for Alaska
“ANILCA (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act) is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation signed into law, and we’re pleased to see that – on the day after ANILCA’s anniversary -- the federal court interpreted ANILCA to protect Alaska’s parks and preserves as Congress intended.”

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