Natural quiet is a valuable, but vanishing, resource of our public lands and must be protected. The ability to hear natural sounds, and experience natural quiet, is essential to quiet recreational pursuits.
A fair and balanced allocation of Alaska’s public lands for both non-motorized and motorized recreational uses; effective planning that designates appropriate areas and facilities for quiet recreation and that minimizes the impact of motorized recreation where it is allowed; and enforcement of all regulations that protect quiet areas.
ACTION: AQRC strives to protect quiet in a variety of ways:
Quiet Rights represents the quiet majority in planning the use of public lands. We have commented extensively on land use plans proposed by federal, state and local agencies such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Alaska Departments of Natural Resources and Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
Quiet Rights rallies its members when issues need their attention. When Anchorage proposed allowing snow machines on streets and trails, our action alert was instrumental in defeating the proposal.
Quiet Rights informs its members. Members of our listserv are quickly alerted to issues affecting quiet throughout the state. Our newsletters and information packets cover the impacts of motorized recreation on other users, wildlife, and ecosystems. Our web site includes laws and regulations that govern quiet and motorized recreation.
Quiet Rights sues to enforce the law. When the Forest Service greatly expanded heli-skiing in the Chugach National Forest, Quiet Rights challenged the decision in federal court.