Supreme Court Vacates 9th Circuit’s Interpretation Of Alaska Lands Act

Mealey's (March 22, 2016, 12:51 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ reading of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) that the National Park Service (NPS) can regulate nonpublic lands in Alaska only through rules that are also applicable outside Alaska is an “implausible,” “topsy-turvy approach” to interpreting the statute, the U.S. Supreme Court held March 22 in vacating and remanding a case challenging the NPS’s ban on hovercraft use in Alaska parks (Sturgeon v. Frost, et al., No. 14-1209, U.S. Sup.).

(Opinion available. Document #96-160408-024Z.)...
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