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Homer News article: Finance panel cuts funds for research reserve

March 5, 2014

Facing bigger state funding deficits than expected, last week the House Subcommittee on Fish & Game cut general funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve — zeroing out a $175,000 appropriation for the first Alaska reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and potentially shutting it down.

“If that cut holds, it closes the shop. It closes the research reserve,” said George Matz, chair of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Community Council, a citizen group that advises the research reserve.

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