SJR 28: Requesting that the Federal Subsistence Board not adopt the proposed subsistence moose hunting regulations for the Kenai Peninsula and the customary and traditional use determination for certain communities on the Kenai Peninsula.
00SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 28 01 Requesting that the Federal Subsistence Board not adopt the proposed subsistence 02 moose hunting regulations for the Kenai Peninsula and the customary and 03 traditional use determination for certain communities on the Kenai Peninsula. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the Federal Subsistence Board has proposed granting new subsistence 06 preferences to several communities on the Kenai Peninsula for the purposes of subsistence 07 hunting; and 08 WHEREAS this will be the first time that communities will have been given new 09 subsistence preferences since the federal government took over the management of subsistence 10 of hunting on federal lands; and 11 WHEREAS this federal proposal does not address the adverse effects on the 44,400 12 residents of the Kenai Peninsula, most of whom do not agree with this plan; and 13 WHEREAS a petition opposing the Federal Subsistence Board's proposal was signed 14 by 1,800 residents of the Kenai Peninsula within 10 days after the petition began to be
01 circulated; and 02 WHEREAS there was not sufficient opportunity for peninsula residents to testify 03 before the Federal Subsistence Board to address their concerns about these drastic changes in 04 hunting regulations on the Kenai Peninsula; and 05 WHEREAS the public is poorly informed about the process of the regional subsistence 06 advisory councils and the degree of deference given to those regional councils by the Federal 07 Subsistence Board; and 08 WHEREAS the residents of the communities of Hope, Cooper Landing, and Ninilchik 09 should not receive special preference over other residents of Kenai Peninsula communities; 10 and 11 WHEREAS Alaskans are working for a comprehensive solution for regaining state 12 management of fish and game; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully and urgently 14 requests that the Federal Subsistence Board not approve the proposed subsistence moose 15 hunting regulations, and customary and traditional use determinations for the communities of 16 Hope, Cooper Landing, and Ninilchik; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests that 18 the Federal Subsistence Board refrain from changing any of the customary and traditional use 19 determinations for Kenai Peninsula communities in federal regulations until January 1, 1997, 20 to allow the new administration, the legislature, and Alaska's Congressional delegation the 21 opportunity to build consensus among all Alaskans to provide a solution to the subsistence 22 dilemma that will return management of Alaska's fish and game resources to the State of 23 Alaska. 24 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President 25 of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Strom Thurmond, 26 President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. 27 House of Representatives; the Honorable Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of Interior; the Honorable 28 Dan Glickman, Secretary of Agriculture; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable 29 Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 30 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and to the Federal Subsistence Board.