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    Default HB277 agenda?

    What do you read into this HB277 issue? Are there some hidden agendas here? Is this intended to benefit all Alaskans or a select few?
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    sure... seems as a support by subsistance users,.

    the first page is a letter from the ORUTBARARMIUT NATIVE COUNCIL

    fishing:

    The investigation is not yet complete, but to everyone's astonishment, only 17 percent of the sockeye have gone to Stony River and Telaquana Lake. The majority of sockeye, 70 percent, are instead going up the Holitna River, and unlike the "text book" sockeye, they are not spawning near any lake.

    In another part of the study, we are finding that after they hatch, the young Holitna sockeye are rearing in spring-fed side-sloughs in the Holitna basin. This is also very different from the "text book" version of sockeye life history, but the Holitna sockeye are doing very well.

    and finally...... YOUR ANSWER:

    In recognition of its importance, some village councils are moving to have the Holitna basin established as a Fish and Game reserve. The proposed reserve would be open to hunting, trapping, and fishing, but other development would be limited so as not to harm the fish and wildlife. The groups currently spearheading this initiative are Orutsararmiut Native Council of Bethel and Sleetmute Traditional Council. The Alaska Board of Game has already recognized and endorsed this proposal, and it will go before the Alaska Board of Fisheries for endorsement when the Board meets January 31 to February 5 in Anchorage. Actual establishment of the reserve will take an act of the State Legislature.


    reference: http://www.wildlifenews.alaska.gov/i...rticles_id=251

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    I like it and wish the state had thought of doing it in other areas before urban sprawl made it where in some areas hunters have to travel hundreds of miles to hunt or get away from combat fishing.

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    Default Revised HB 277

    The new version of the bill is out and there is a hearing at 10:30 Tuesday. The new version of the bill dropped "sports use" from the list of uses to be perpetuated on the reserve. It appears to be a sham by which the local residents are striving for a subsistence reserve off limits to sports hunting and fishing. I hope my paranoia is for naught, but I doubt it. My POM is already in Juneau. Go to the Legislative site and read the bill and send your comment. If still unconvinced, look at the Hunting Regulations for GMU 19 and see all the restrictions in place to eliminate and discourage sport hunting.

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    Default Here is the bill text

    Vern, really appreciate you updating us on this.

    Will try to paste the update bill below. Keep in mind it's HB 227, and the original post has the wrong bill number.


    http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/g...27B&session=26

    SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 227
    01 "An Act relating to the establishment of state fish and game reserves; creating the
    02 Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Reserve; and providing for an
    03 effective date."
    04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
    05 * Section 1. AS 16.20 is amended by adding new sections to read:
    06 Article 6. Fish and Game Reserves.
    07 Sec. 16.20.700. Purpose. The purpose of establishing a fish and game reserve
    08 is to promote management activities to rebuild or enhance fish and wildlife
    09 populations and habitats to maintain historical and sustainable harvest levels for
    10 continued high levels of human consumptive use of these resources.
    11 Sec. 16.20.710. Regulations. The Board of Fisheries or the Board of Game,
    12 where appropriate, shall adopt regulations each considers advisable for conservation
    13 and protection of fish and game to carry out the purposes of AS 16.20.700 and
    14 16.20.720.
    01 Sec. 16.20.720. Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
    02 Reserve established. (a) All state-owned land and water and all land acquired in the
    03 future by the state within the watershed of the Holitna River and Hoholitna River is
    04 designated as the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Reserve.
    05 (b) The Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Reserve is
    06 established to
    07 (1) ensure management and protection of fish and wildlife populations
    08 and habitat to perpetuate subsistence use, commercial use, and other consumptive uses
    09 of the area's fish and wildlife;
    10 (2) implement maximum use and benefit, sustained yield, and common
    11 use principles by using effective management techniques for conserving and
    12 developing the area's fish and wildlife resources to regain or maintain historical
    13 harvest levels with human consumptive use of these resources as a priority;
    14 (3) maintain and enhance healthy and abundant fish and wildlife
    15 populations commonly used for consumption by humans to provide high levels of
    16 human consumptive use in keeping with amounts determined by the Board of
    17 Fisheries and the Board of Game to be reasonably necessary to provide for subsistence
    18 uses and with other population and use goals or objectives set by the appropriate
    19 board;
    20 (4) allow for long-term scientific research and management study areas
    21 to determine the effectiveness of management activities under this section in providing
    22 for current and future human harvest needs.
    23 (c) To fulfill the purposes of this section, the Department of Fish and Game,
    24 the Board of Fisheries, and the Board of Game shall manage the fish and game
    25 resources of the area to provide for high levels of human harvest and, subject to
    26 priorities among areas in which intensive management actions are carried out as
    27 determined by the Department of Fish and Game, the Board of Fisheries, and the
    28 Board of Game, shall
    29 (1) control predation and adjust predator and prey population ratios
    30 through whatever methods or means are considered appropriate to particular
    31 circumstances;
    01 (2) conduct management actions designed to further the purposes of
    02 this section so long as the appropriate board has not found, based on substantial
    03 evidence, that the challenged management actions are counterproductive or ineffective
    04 in maintaining or enhancing healthy and abundant fish or wildlife populations
    05 commonly used for consumption by humans for food to provide for high levels of
    06 human consumptive use;
    07 (3) consider scientific evidence augmented by historical and local
    08 environmental knowledge when evaluating management activities.
    09 (d) The Department of Natural Resources may not acquire by eminent domain
    10 privately owned land within the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
    11 Reserve but may acquire privately owned land by purchase, exchange, or other means
    12 for inclusion in the reserve.
    13 (e) Public access to the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
    14 Reserve by boat, aircraft, dog team, snow machine, all-terrain vehicle, or other means
    15 consistent with the purposes of this section may be regulated by the Department of
    16 Natural Resources, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Game, as
    17 necessary to meet the purposes of this section and to protect access to and
    18 development of other natural resources within the reserve.
    19 (f) Access to and from private property within the Holitna River Basin
    20 Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Reserve shall be guaranteed through access corridors
    21 established by the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the
    22 Department of Fish and Game and a private property owner.
    23 (g) Entry upon the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
    24 Reserve for purposes of exploration and development of nonrenewable resources is
    25 subject to approval by the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the
    26 Department of Fish and Game. Exploration and development activities must be
    27 conducted in a manner that is compatible with the purpose of this section.
    28 (h) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Department of Fish and
    29 Game and the Department of Natural Resources shall exercise each department's
    30 respective authority over the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
    31 Reserve through a fish and game management plan prepared by the Department of
    01 Fish and Game in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources.
    02 (i) All state-owned surface and subsurface land and water within the parcels
    03 described in this subsection are established as the Holitna River Basin Hunting,
    04 Fishing, and Trapping Reserve:

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    Mark,
    Thanks for correcting my error.

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    It is a SHAM. Everyone should contact their reps and have it defeated and mandate that it should never be considered again.
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    what is its justification?

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