In op-ed pieces published in September and January, the former director of the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation decried federal overreach in the management of wildlife on national preserves and wildlife refuges.
Doug Vincent-Lang’s commentaries complained about recent National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations that will pre-empt state hunting regulations on national preserves and refuges, lands managed by the federal agencies.
This is standard fare for Vincent-Lang, as it has been with other political appointees of former governors Frank Murkowski, Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell. Most of these appointees have followed the conservative agenda of their leaders, and some — like Vincent-Lang — seem to blame federal overreach for every conceivable failure in wildlife policy since at least 2002.
But federal overreach is a natural response to the state’s unwillingness to address public demand, as reflected in federal laws. The antithesis of “overreach” is “failure to grasp.” …