Press Release Oct 6, 2014

National Parks Group Applauds Ninth Circuit Court Rulings for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Both Wilde and Sturgeon had called into question Park Service authority to enforce safety and other park rules on navigable waters claimed by the State of Alaska


US District Court for Alaska Decision

US District Court For Alaska Decision, US v. James Wilde Case

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Background: Two cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals brought by James Wilde and John Sturgeon and supported by the state of Alaska were decided today in favor of the National Park Service.

Statement by Jim Stratton, Deputy Vice President of Regional Operations, National Parks Conservation Association
“The National Parks Conservation Association is pleased that the Ninth Circuit today rejected the State of Alaska’s attempts to thwart the National Park Service’s ability to enforce public safety and other regulations inside park boundaries.”

Statement by Vicki Clark, Executive Director, Trustees for Alaska
“We are pleased that the court issued such a clear opinion that the National Park Service can enforce the law inside of National Parks in Alaska. Hopefully the State of Alaska won’t continue wasting time and money challenging the Park Service’s authority.”


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