Lame-Duck Land Grab

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tom Kenworthy deserves thanks for exposing the Bush administration's open-for-development mandate in the Southwest, as well as for reminding Americans about their spectacular wild lands [op-ed, Oct. 18]. Sadly, the administration's last-minute grab extends well beyond the Utah desert.

Throughout Alaska, pristine lands and waters are being handed over to oil and gas interests. In Alaska, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing that 34.6 million acres be opened to mineral development. This area includes the largest commercial wild salmon fishery on Earth, North America's largest glacier, and nesting areas for more than 40 million birds.

If the Bush administration has its way, the Last Frontier will have to change its name to Lost Forever.

CINDY SHOGAN

Executive Director

Alaska Wilderness League

Washington


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