CSSJR 7(RES): Supporting reinstatement of the United States Department of the Interior directive exempting the United States Bureau of Land Management in Alaska from the mandatory wilderness review process.
00 CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7(RES) 01 Supporting reinstatement of the United States Department of the Interior directive 02 exempting the United States Bureau of Land Management in Alaska from the 03 mandatory wilderness review process. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS, in 1980, the United States Congress passed the Alaska National Interest 06 Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which included sec. 1326, frequently referred to as the 07 "no more clause", prohibiting further executive withdrawals and studies for the specific 08 purpose of creating more conservation units or areas; and 09 WHEREAS, in sec. 1320, ANILCA expressly exempted the Bureau of Land 10 Management from the sec. 603 wilderness review program of the Federal Land Policy and 11 Management Act of 1976; and 12 WHEREAS, in 1981, the United States Secretary of the Interior issued a directive that 13 prohibited the United States Bureau of Land Management from considering any of the 14 80,000,000 acres the bureau manages in Alaska for designation as wilderness under the 15 National Wilderness Preservation System; and
01 WHEREAS, on January 18, 2001, on one of his last days in office, United States 02 Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt rescinded this 19-year-old directive without public 03 comment or consultation with Alaska; and 04 WHEREAS the rescission is improper without public comment and the participation 05 of Alaska, is not in the best interests of the state, and should be reinstated by the incoming 06 administration; and 07 WHEREAS the requirement that all Bureau of Land Management administered 08 roadless tracts of 5,000 or more acres be studied for their wilderness qualities will result in all 09 areas being managed as quasi-wilderness and effectively create a virtual economic barrier; 10 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature opposes the rescission of this 11 Department of the Interior directive; and be it 12 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the swift 13 reinstatement of the directive by the administration of President George W. Bush. 14 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 15 of the United States; the Honorable Gale Norton, United States Secretary of the Interior; and 16 to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the 17 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.