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Harvest of Glaucous-Winged Gull Eggs by Huna Tlingit in Glacier Bay National Park

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Glacier Bay National Park is the traditional homeland of the Huna Tlingit who traditionally harvested eggs at gull rookeries in Glacier Bay prior to, and following, park establishment in 1925. Egg collection was curtailed in Glacier Bay in the 1960s as both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and NPS regulations prohibited the activity. The loss of legal access to gull eggs in Glacier Bay has affected the physical, cultural and spiritual well being of the Huna Tlingit.

The draft and final legislative environmental impact statements (LEIS) respond to legislation enacted in 2000 (P.L. 106-455) which directs the NPS to determine whether the harvest of glaucous-winged gull eggs could be authorized in Glacier Bay National Park. The LEIS describes three alternatives for managing a traditional harvest.



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Allison Banks
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
PO Box 140
Gustavus, Alaska 99826