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Russians Propose International Park Between Alaska and Russia

October 22 2001 at 11:09 PM
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Chukotka's governor and other Russian authorities are hoping to resurrect the idea of an international park spanning the Bering Strait, according to Russian officials who visited Anchorage last week.

The first step toward an international park would be to set up a federal park in the Russian Far East territory of Chukotka. After years in limbo, Russian officials are now actively working to create such a park, said Vladimir Etylin, Chukotka's representative in the Russian parliament.

Most likely, the international park would consist of a new federal park on the Chukotka Peninsula, proposed to be about 7.4 million acres, plus four existing conservation units in Alaska: the Bering Land Bridge Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley National Park and Noatak National Preserve. No new land in Alaska and no marine waters would be designated for the park, Quinley said.

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