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Part Two The Alaska Constitution and Commentary, Art.VIII Natural Resources

From: The Alaska State Constitution

Gerald A. McBeath

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 May 2021

Alaska was the first state to have a constitutional article on natural resources. This was natural, of course, given the resource bounty of the new state and its extreme dependence on a few resources, such as fisheries, mining, logging, oil, and gas. In fact, the territory's delegate to Congress, Bob Bartlett, said in his keynote address to the constitutional convention that the careful husbandry of Alaska's natural resources was the most important work before the delegates: [T]he people of Alaska may very well judge the product of this convention not by the...
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