The Justices' Latest Take On Regulation Of Alaska's Parks

Law360 (April 5, 2019, 4:30 PM EDT) -- “Alaska is often the exception, not the rule.” So said Chief Justice John Roberts for a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court three terms ago in exploring the unique contours of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, a 1980 federal law withdrawing over 100 million acres of land in Alaska for preservation purposes, and John Sturgeon’s challenge to the National Park Service’s interpretation of the statute.[1]

That 2016 decision in Sturgeon v. Frost largely ducked the central question posed by Sturgeon, namely, whether ANILCA authorizes the Park Service to regulate his use of a hovercraft on a river flowing through federally managed preservation...

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