Some of the most spectacular old growth karst systems in the Tongass lie within the boundaries of their proposal. These awesome phenomena of the natural world are currently protected by the National Cave Resources Protection Act. That would be suspended if these lands were transferred into private ownership. Neither the State of Alaska, nor Sealaska, have measures in place to protect these precious public resources.
Residents here have been sounding the alarm to our representatives for over five years. It appears our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. How can the economic demands of a powerful corporation, the largest private landowner
in Southeast Alaska, be more important than a 26yr growing community that the state has sponsored into existence through numerous land sales and development grants. Where is the fairness and justice in this??
We feel abandoned and betrayed. Most here have invested a lifetime of hard work, only to see it lost to indifference from our State representatives, as well as Sealaska officers. Ron Wolfe, Sealaska corporate forester, has met with us and knows of our concerns. He has chosen to disregard them for the pursuit of easy financial gain.
While everyone agrees that ANCSA needs to be completed, and there many be justifiable reasons to choose outside of the withdrawal areas set aside by Congress in 1971, Sealaska needs to choose those lands from areas where there are no remote communities dependent on them.
Sunrise Lodge & General Store
Edna Bay, Alaska