For Immediate Release - September 16, 2010
In late August, Ethan Berkowitz introduced The Alaskan Ownership Stake and presented Part I of the plan, called “Own a Piece of the Pipe.” That part of the plan would allow individual Alaskans to choose to invest in the gas pipeline. "Alaska benefits when Alaskans have direct and permanent ties to
our resources," Berkowitz stated.
Today Berkowitz unveiled Part II of The Alaskan Ownership Stake. Part II features a commonsense
proposal to give Alaskans the ability to purchase Lifetime Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Licenses.
The Lifetime License recognizes that Alaskans as a people are closely connected to the land and waters
of our state, and that our heritage and culture is bound to our fish and game. In that spirit, a
permanent Lifetime License makes it clear that our rights to hunt, fish and trap are a defining value
and that our stake in these resources will be respected and protected.
At least 27 other states offer some form of a lifetime hunting/fishing license, and even here in
Alaska residents age 60 and over can apply for the equivalent of a lifetime license. These programs
have been overwhelming successes. This plan would extend those opportunities to all Alaska
residents, regardless of age.
The Lifetime License proposal works as follows:
Allow each Alaskan to choose to purchase a license to hunt, fish, and/or trap that will last an
entire lifetime. This option should have special appeal to Alaskans who enjoy these activities
every year. Purchasers of these licenses would get a special permanent wallet sized
card. They would also receive a certificate suitable for framing that demonstrates their
commitment to our shared fish and game resources.
A Lifetime License would mean that people who hunt, fish and trap could buy their license
once rather than every year, and it would be a right they take with them wherever they go.
Alaskans would submit a one-time application and pay a one-time fee to guarantee their
stake in Alaska by securing their right to hunt, fish and trap in our state for their lifetime.
Annual King Stamps, waterfowl stamps and big game tags would still be required for
purchase every year.
Revenues generated from Lifetime Licenses would go into the Alaska Fish and Game Fund,
an existing fund statutorily authorized to provide support for various fish and game
programs, including habitat restoration.
Other details about this Lifetime License proposal, including a sample Lifetime License card and certificate as an example of what a participating Alaskan might get if they choose to stake their future hunting, fishing and trapping rights in our state can be found by visiting EthanBerkowitz.com and clicking “Read about the Alaskan Ownership Stake”.
Additional components of The Alaskan Ownership Stake will be unveiled over the coming weeks.