NEWS: Alaska Senate Passes Legislation to Expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Rep. Adam Wool

House Bill 70 Receives Unanimous Support in the Senate

April 17, 2015

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) to expand the popular Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.  House Bill 70 passed the Senate by a vote of 20-0.  The bill previously passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 37-1.  HB 70 will now go back to the House for concurrence due to minor changes made during the committee process in the Senate.

“This is a simple bill that will have a big impact because of expanded opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing and dog mushing,” said Rep. Wool.  “The Creamer’s Field Refuge is a marvelous place that’s just five minutes from downtown Fairbanks.  This expansion will only make the refuge better.”

HB 70 adds four additional parcels of state land to the refuge.  The parcels were originally purchased by the state with the goal of adding them to the refuge.  Similar legislation passed last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Sean Parnell because of inaccurate legal descriptions.  Rep. Wool worked with the Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Game to correct the legal descriptions for this bill.

For additional information, contact David Dunsmore at 465-4976.



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