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Help Remove Al Barrette from Alaska's Board of Game

The Problem:

On March 5, 2010, the Alaska Board of Game voted 4-3 to eliminate all buffer zones around Denali National Park. These zones, established in 2000, were intended to protect members of the park's wolf packs whose ranges go slightly outside the park.

The Board of Game's seven members all hunt. Several are also trappers. The present board is strongly anti-predator as is evident in many recent decisions.

The net effect of this buffer zone decision is that now trappers can set their snares, leg-hold or body traps right up to the park boundaries, boundaries which wildlife do not understand.

Who is Al Barrette?

Mr. Barrette is the most recent appointment to the Board of Game. His was one of the 4 votes eliminating the buffer zones.

With this vote he ignored the wishes of over 100,000 park visitors and Alaskans to favor 3 or 4 recreational trappers.

Because Al Barrette has not yet been approved by the Legislature, he is vulnerable to being removed from the Board when the Joint Legislative Session is held at which appointments are acted upon.

Some points of consideration about Mr. Barrette and the BOG are:

  1. The BOG creates all aerial hunting regulations.
  2. Mr. Barrette is proud his was the first such permit.
  3. The BOG creates all trapping regulations.
  4. Mr. Barrette has patented and manufactures a wolf trap.
  5. Mr. Barrette owns a fur tannery in Fairbanks.
  6. Mr. Barrette is yet another hunter on a board meant to represent all Alaskans, not just the hunter/trapper residents.
  7. Mr. Barrette's perspective on wildlife management does not use the wealth of scientific data and methods available (see Shannyn Moore's article Skinning the Truth for Mr. Barrette's perspective on how "original sin" and wildlife management are connected).

What Can You Do?

If you are a resident of Alaska, using the above talking points (as well as others you might derive from your own views) you should:

Additional useful contacts include:

If you are not a resident of Alaska, you should contact Governor Parnell and the Tourism Board. Tourism is Alaska's second largest revenue source and many businesses in Alaska depend on it.

Do not underestimate the power of your email or phone call!

The Legislature usually receives little public input on appointments so you may have more effect than you realize.

Please forward this e-mail to those you know who might be interested.

John Toppenberg
Alaska Wildlife Alliance

P.S. A very sincere thank you, to our many Alaskan members who responded to our request for comments in support of the Denali buffer issue. The Board of Game heard our voices, and it is imperative that we continue to speak up for Alaska's wildlife.

PO Box 202022
Anchorage, AK 99520-2022

"Wilderness without wildlife is just scenery." – Lois Crisler



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