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Originally from Minnesota, Jim (James W.) Scott came to Alaska in 1946 and settled in Homer, Alaska. He worked a variety of jobs from logging in Southeast Alaska to surveying road routes for the Alaska Road Commission, to ranger and district manager for the Bureau of Land Management, Division of Forestry. From 1959 to 1960, Jim and his wife, Elva (who he married in 1942), lived in Fairbanks, from 1960 to 1972 they were in Anchorage, and in 1972 when Jim retired, they moved to Eagle, Alaska. As local residents, they became involved in the debates over new conservation units being proposed around Alaska for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980, and witnessed the conflicts between agencies and local people. Having observed the process and public land mangement by federal agencies first-hand, Jim developed strong feelings about the National Park Service. He lived in Eagle until his death.