Governor Palin Signs Marine Parks Bill at UAS
Juneau legislative delegation bill expands the Marine Park System to include 14 islands near Juneau
Governor Sarah Palin signed a Juneau legislative delegation bill to expand the Marine Park System to include 14 islands near Juneau on June 4. The backdrop included a few of those islands as Palin signed the bill at a waterside classroom at the University of Alaska Southeast. “Alaska’s 32 marine parks are unique in that they specifically prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from limiting hunting, fishing & trapping. The land was selected by the state with the intent for recreational use, which this bill will ensure,” said Palin.
The Anderson building where the bill signing took place currently houses the UAS Science Department and the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. It is the recipient of a new $10.7 million legislative appropriation for renovation and expansion, including a pedestrian bridge from the main campus across Glacier Highway. Design and construction is slated through 2010. UAF SFOS will move to a Lena Point facility.
UAS Chancellor John Pugh took the opportunity to thank the governor and legislature for the appropriation. “This is a real move forward from both a sciences and safety standard,” he said.
Governor Palin thanked the Juneau delegation for their promotion and support of the UAS campus.