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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:17 am

FAIRBANKS — The National Park Service is taking public comment on draft land protection plans for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve that were released this week.

Land protection plans are required for all national park areas that contain private or nonfederal lands or interests. The plan “articulates what lands or interests in land the park may have and what means of protection are available to achieve the purposes for which the unit was created,” the park service said in a press release.

A land protection plan is not an offer to purchase land, nor does it diminish the rights of non-federal landowners, the park service said. The plan “is intended to guide the park’s land protection activities

subject to the availability of funds and other constraints,” the agency said.

Most Alaska parks, including Gates of the Arctic and Lake Clark, have a significant amount of non-federal land within their boundaries. The non-federal lands are a mix of small Native allotments, other individual holdings and larger tracts of land owned by Native corporations or the state.

Comments can be made online by following the links to Lake Clark or Gates of the Arctic at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/publicHome.cfm.

To get an address to submit written comments or for more information on land protection plans in Alaska’s national parks, call 907-644-3526.

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