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

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House Bill 70 Receives Bipartisan Support in the House and Senate

April 19, 2015

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature has passed legislation sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) and Representative Scott Kawasaki (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 and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 37-1.

“I am proud to have been able to pass this bill to expand a Fairbanks landmark,” said Rep. Wool.  “With my daughters attending Camp Habitat at Creamer’s Field every summer, I have seen first-hand just how valuable this refuge is to our community.  Where else can people enjoy world class bird watching, hiking, and outdoor recreation just minutes away from downtown?”

HB 70 adds four additional parcels of state land to the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl 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 and Rep. Kawasaki 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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