Port Protection, Alaska
|Port Protection, Alaska|
Location of Port Protection, Alaska
|• State senator||Bert Stedman (R)|
|• State rep.||Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D)|
|• Total||4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)|
|• Land||4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||226 ft (69 m)|
|• Density||14.1/sq mi (5.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC-8)|
|GNIS feature ID||1866970|
Port Protection is located at (56.322078, -133.606706).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.5 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.61%) is water.
In 1975, Pt Baker made national news when Zieske v Butz, a landmark lawsuit against the US Forest Service brought by residents Charles Zieske, Alan Stein of Port Protection, and Herb Zieske, was decided by Judge Van der Heydt, the Alaska Federal District court judge. The lawsuit stopped planned clear cutting on 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) on the north end of Prince of Wales Island. The lawsuit was initiated by Alan Stein and the Point Baker Association which had about 30 fishermen members from the communities of Pt Baker and Port Protection. On December 24, 1975, Van der Hedyt issued an injunction against all clearcutting on the North end of the island from Red Bay to Calder Bay.
Congress lifted the injunction when it passed the National Forest Management Act in 1976. Twice more Pt Baker made headlines. In 1989 many of its residents opposed clear cutting in Salmon Bay which was protected by Congress in the Tongass Timber Reform Act of 1990. This statute also protected all the salmon streams in the Tongass with 100-foot-wide (30 m) buffer strips during logging operations.  (the next door neighbor)
As of the census of 2000, there were 63 people, 31 households, and 12 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 14.1 people per square mile (5.4/km²). There were 52 housing units at an average density of 11.6/sq mi (4.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.30% White, 1.59% Asian, and 11.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.76% of the population.
There were 31 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 48.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 152.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 152.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $10,938, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $0 versus $51,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,058. About 44.4% of families and 57.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including 73.3% of under eighteens and 60.0% of those over 64.