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In Alaska, tradition is a powerful legal concept, appearing in a wide variety of legal contexts relating to natural-resource and public-lands activities. Both state and federal laws in the United States assign privileges and exemptions to individuals engaged in "traditional" activities using otherwise off-limits land and resources.

I am having a hard time understanding the bold part, especially because of the word "otherwise". Can someone help me understand this part?

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"Otherwise" as a modifier like this means "which would otherwise be".

So "otherwise off-limits land and resources" means "land and resources which would otherwise be off-limits", i.e. if they were not engaged in "traditional" activities.

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[..] individuals engaged in "traditional" activities using otherwise off-limits land and resources

Otherwise here means: only the fact that you engage in "traditional" activities allows you to use off-limits land and resources.

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