- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s U.S. senators have introduced legislation to rename a wilderness area after the late former Gov. Jay Hammond.

The bill, from Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, would name 2.6 million acres of wilderness in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve as the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area.

The wilderness area is about 60 percent of the park’s total acreage.

Murkowski, in a release, said Hammond was one of Alaska’s truly great statesmen. As governor, she said Hammond balanced resource development with environmental concerns.

Sullivan called Hammond one of Alaska’s great public servants and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve one of Alaska’s great places. He said he’s proud to help ensure Hammond’s legacy lives on for future generations in a place Hammond loved.

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