• Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

    1 month ago - By 10,000 Birds

    October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state. Alaska Day commemorates Alaska's formal transfer from Russia to the United States in 1867. It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act .
    What is ANILCA?
    ANILCA was approved by Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter in late 1980, the culmination of years of contentious negotiations in Congress. ANILCA resolved numerous issues regarding Alaska's public lands, in part by implementing a broad conservation goal :
    It is the intent of Congress in this Act...
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