Protecting heritage and wildlife

Conservation easements protect much of Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley. ©Cecil Sanders

Under a 1971 law, the Eklutna people of Alaska became legal owners of thousands of acres surrounding Anchorage. Through a native corporation, the lands are managed for the economic and cultural benefit of the Eklutna, and for the ecological benefit of wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looked at portions of the land that had the greatest ecological value and helped the Eklutna find the resources to create conservation easements to protect them.

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