Resource Development Council

RDC Comment Letter:
Glacier Bay Park and Preserve Cruise Ship 2012 Quota

August 15, 2011

Ms. Allison Banks, Environmental Protection Specialist
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826

Dear Ms. Banks:

The Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed 2012 use quota for ships entering into Glacier Bay Park and Preserve.

RDC is a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

RDC supports increased access, by visitors and residents alike, to scenic wonders like Glacier Bay. The proposal to maintain the same quota as 2011 is adequate. However, increasing the number of ships allowed to enter Glacier Bay could promote the expansion of cruise itineraries and ultimately increase the number of passengers. As nearly 60 percent of Alaska’s visitors arrive in the state via cruise ship, actions to increase access will reap significant benefits to Alaskan businesses, with no adverse impact to the environment.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important issue.

Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.