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Haines Heli-Ski Operator: Federal Land Encroachments 'Minor'

Published On: Jan 09 2014 02:00:29 PM AKST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 02:00:59 PM AKST
Haines Heli-skiing Company Pleads Guilty to Misusing Federal Lands

Photo by Viviana Coloma

Southeast Backcountry Adventures pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of federal land that was closed to commercial activity.

JUNEAU, Alaska -

A Haines helicopter ski operation that has agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized use of federal land says the encroachments were "minor, infrequent and unintentional."

Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, or SEABA, released a statement through its attorney on Wednesday.

Last week, a bill of information accusing the company of unauthorized use of federal land was filed in federal court, as was a separate plea agreement.

Court documents referred to the company as Southeast Backcountry Adventures. The plea agreement has yet to be accepted by a judge. A court date is pending.

The company's statement says the intent of the plea agreement is to ensure that fees that would have been paid to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for recreational access by SEABA on BLM property will be paid.