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Wrangell Land Entitlement Bill Signed Into Law

Wilson's HB 273 Completes Land Allocation to City and Borough of Wrangell
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Rep. Peggy Wilson (R-33)
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Posted: June 25, 2010
Contact: Reid Harris, 465-6887


(Wrangell) - Representative Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, today issued the following statement regarding the enactment of House Bill 273, a bill completing the formation of the City and Borough of Wrangell by allocating more state land. The City and Borough of Wrangell was originally formed in May 2008 with a state land grant of 1952 acres. HB 273 increases that amount to 9006 acres, adding 7054 acres to the Borough's grant. The State bestows a general land grant entitlement to newly-formed boroughs, and has an established policy to assist in the formation of, and to provide for the long-term sustainability in operations, new local governments by furnishing land grants that will address the needs of residents. The new allocation includes areas such as Sunny Bay and Deer Island. Wilson says those two areas are important for economic development in the borough, and continues to be used by the Alaska Island Community Services program, the tourism industry, and the CBW community.

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Statement

"As the world changes, the conditions under which Alaskans and their families will be able to sustain a high quality of life are also changing. The circumstances for addressing those conditions and opportunities are increased by this new land allocation to the City and Borough of Wrangell. Residents of CBW have identified areas for critical energy projects, port development, and other opportunities to enhance the local economy. These lands can go a long way in supporting our economy and quality of life, and not taking this opportunity could mean a downturn for residents in the area. I'm pleased to see the legislature, and now the governor, on board with supporting CBW."

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