Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, has introduced legislation
(Senate Bill 343) to replace the Alaska Board of Game with a Board of Wildlife.
The bill's intent is to ensure that the board could consist of nonconsumptive
users, tourism interests and scientists, as well as hunters, trappers and subsistence
users. Geran Tarr, chief of staff for Ellis, said the bill does not specify
that certain seats go to certain types of people but rather protects board nominees
from being rejected by the Legislature based on their backgrounds. Tarr said
Ellis is pro-subsistence and pro-hunting but wants more balance on the board
to reflect Alaska's diverse opinions on wildlife issues. The new board would
contain nine members, rather than the current number of seven. For more information,
call 1-907-465-3704 or e-mail Senator_Johnny_Ellis@legis.state.ak.us .
Compiled by Daily News reporter Elizabeth Manning. Deadline for submission is
9 a.m. Monday. E-mail items to firstname.lastname@example.org , fax to 258-2157 or mail to
Anchorage Daily News, P.O. Box 149001, Anchorage 99514-9001.