Bill promoting public access to fishing streams passes Senate

Associated PressFebruary 28, 2012 

JUNEAU -- The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure aimed at ensuring future public access to fishing streams.

HB144 calls for the Department of Natural Resources to provide annual reports detailing its efforts and plans to maintain or improve access to and along fishing streams.

The measure, which cleared the House last year, passed the Senate on Monday.

Bill sponsor Rep. Les Gara says the program would encourage voluntary land trades or purchases with willing landowners. The goal is for public easements to travel to and along fishing streams, particularly in areas where access might otherwise be lost.

Gara says the measure wouldn't take land from anyone who doesn't want to trade for other public land. Instead, he says, it would encourage the department to look for areas to secure public access easements.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service