Alaska uses Exxon Valdez settlement funds to preserve land

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska has bought 3 square miles (7.8 square kilometers) of land on an island north of Kodiak to preserve habitat for species affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported ( ) Friday that the state bought the land on the northwest coast of Afognak Island for $6.3 million through its Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

    The council has been purchasing land since the spill in 1989, using Exxon Valdez settlement funds as a way to preserve the habitats of wildlife that would be further affected by development or logging.

    The acquired land is home to marbled murrelets, bald eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, Kodiak bears and Roosevelt elk. A nearby stream and lake also support three species of salmon.


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