Supreme Court sides with Sturgeon in case challenging NPS authority

first_img(Screenshot of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Click to read.)Download AudioIn a decision released this morning [Tuesday], the U.S. Supreme Court issued a partial victory to Alaska moose hunter John Sturgeon in his case against theNational Park Service. The high court voted 8-0 to reject a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision against Sturgeon.The case stems from a 2007 incident, when rangers in the Yukon-CharleyRivers National Preserve told Sturgeon he couldn’t operate his hovercraftthere.The Supreme Court decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says theNinth Circuit’s interpretation of a section of the Alaska NationalInterests Lands Conservation Act is inconsistent with both the text and context of ANILCA. The section, 103-C, concerns which federal laws apply on non-federal inholdings within park boundaries.The justices, though, did not rule for Sturgeon outright. Instead, they sent the case back down to the 9th Circuit for another decision.The court heard arguments in the case in January.last_img

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