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.
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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