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Yukon Tanana Area Plan- Comments Due Friday!

The Alaska DNR has a new plan that will serve as the basis for the management of 9 million acres of state lands and waters in the Interior for the next 20 years. Don't miss your chance to comment by August 31st!

Yukon Tanana Area Plan- Comments Due Friday!

Swans in a pond along the Yukon River

What is the plan?

The Yukon Tanana Area Plan has been developed because the 1991 plan is outdated and needs to be revised to account for changes in land ownership; to reflect the current and anticipated physical, economic, and social factors in the area; and, to provide a sufficient land-base for the development and conservation of the state's natural resources. 

What will the plan DO?

This new plan documents the state's intent for land management of state lands and waters within the planning area for the next 20 years.  It does this by breaking the land down into units and identifying one or more designation such as "settlement" or "agriculture" or "Coal and Habitat" that summarize the uses and resources for which the area will be managed.    Read the plan here.

 What area will be affected?

The plan boundary encompasses over 9 million acres of state land including 1 million acres of state land in Legislatively Designated Areas (LDA’s) Tanana Valley State Forest, the Minto Flats State Game Refuge, and James Dalton Legislatively Designated Area.  Here is a map of the area.

YTAP area

The three regions are:

  1. Lower Tanana Region:  Located between the White Mountains NRA and the Nowitna NWR.  It includes sections of the Yukon River, Tanana River, and parts of the Tanana Valley State Forest and Minto Flats.  This area includes Manley and Tolovana Hotsprings. Communities:  Tanana, Manley Hotsprings, Minto, and Livengood.  Map of the Lower Tanna Region West : Map of the Lower Tanana Region East : Map of the Lower Tanana Region North  Management Strategy: to dispose of some land for agriculture and settlement, retain land for the Tanana Valley State Forest, and retain state land associated with mineral habitat, and public recreation.
  2. Kantishna Region: This region extends from the Tanana River in the north to Denali National Park and Preserve in the south and from the Nenana River in the East to the Chitanatala Mountains in the West. It includes the drainage areas of the Teklanika and Kantishna. Communities:Lake Minchumina. map of the Kantishna Region West map of the Kantishna Region East.  Management Strategy: to provide for the continuation of current uses.  
  3. Parks Highway and West Alaska Range Region: This region covers the area from the Fairbanks area and the northern part of the Tanana Valley State Forest south to the Susitna River and the Denali Highway.  It expands from the Teklanika and Nenana Rivers in the West to the Tanana River on the east.   Denali National Park and Preserve is located in this region.  Communities: Nenana, Clear, Healy/Mt. McKinley Village and Cantwell as well as Fort Wainwright and Clear Air Force Base. Map of the Parks Hwy Region North Map of the Parks Hwy Region South.  Management Strategy: to dispose of some land for agriculture, some for settlement, add land to the Tanana Valley State Forest, and retain state land associated with mineral, habitat, and public recreation.

What can I do?

5 ways to comment by August 31, 2012

  1. Come to a public hearing (see schedule below)
  2. Submit comments online here.
  3. Mail this form to: Philana Miles, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment & Development, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1050 Anchorage, AK  99501-3579
  4. Email your comments to: yukon-tanana.plan@alaska.gov
  5. Fax comments to: (907) 269 8529

Public Meeting Schedule

  • Fairbanks: August 8, 6-8:00pm @ ADNR Northern Region Office,  ADNR 1648 S. Cushman St. #201
  • Lake Minchumina: August 11, 3:00pm @ Lake Minchumina Library
  • Healy: August 6, 6-8:00pm @ Tri-Valley Community Center
  • Minto: August 7, 1-3:00pm @ Lake View Lodge
  • Manley Hot Springs: August 7, 6-8:00pm @ Manley Hot Springs Community Hall
  • Nenana: August 9, 6-8:00pm @ Marge Anderson Senior Center
  • Cantwell: August 10, 6-8:00pm @ Cantwell School
  • Tanana: To Be Determined  

NAEC concerns:

The Northern Center is currently collecting concerns from our members.  Please e-mail Jenna@northern.org to contribute your expertise!  
 
In general, we are evaluating:
  • The DNR's policy of identifying "minerals and habitat" and "coal and habitat" as compatible co-uses of land.
  • The 619,856 acres identified for settlement and 195,469 acres identified for agriculture for their potential to become land disposals that negatively impact the ecoregions where they are located.
  • Evaluating threats to the Yukon, Tanana, and other rivers.
  • Ensuring that safeguards are in place for fish, birds, and  mammals.
  • Identifying potential risks to local subsistence harvest.
  • Potential for threats to the 4 million acres of Denali State Park included in the southwestern area.
  • The exciting potential of adding 90,139 acres to the Tanana Valley State Forest!
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