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Court backs right of USNPS to regulate watercraft in Yukon-Charley Rivers NPres

A tribunal from a federal appellate court has upheld the National Park Service's right to regulate watercraft on waters that pass through park units. The ruling, stemming from a case from Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, rejected the claim that the state of Alaska had authority over the Nation River even though it flowed through the preserve.

The lawsuit against the Park Service was filed in 2007 by John Sturgeon, who was using a hovercraft on the river to reach a hunting area above the preserve. Park Service regulations ban the use of hovercraft, and rangers warned the man about that prohibition after he beached his hovercraft on a gravel bar in the river.

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