BETHEL, Alaska -

A man from the southwest Alaska village of Saint Marys is one step closer to saving his remote cabin, thanks to the U.S. Senate.

William Alstrom's cabin is located about 31 miles northwest of his village. The federal Bureau of Land Management said the cabin had to go because it is illegally located on the Andreafsky Wilderness in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Alstrom recently contacted Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski about the matter, and the senator drafted an amendment to exempt the cabin. The amendment was attached to the Green Mountain Lookout Act, originally introduced for a similar exemption in Washington state.

KYUK says the legislation was recently passed by the Senate Energy Committee and is expected to go to the full Senate floor for consideration.