Comment Letter: Quiet Hours in BLM Campgrounds


Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition

P.O. Box 202592

Anchorage, AK 99520

To: BLM

Glennallen Field Office

P.O. Box 147

Glennallen, AK 99588

Dear Robben Taylor,

The Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition (AQRC) is dedicated to protecting the rights of Alaskans to quiet places for the benefit of public land users, home and cabin owners, communities, businesses, wildlife, visitors, and future generations.  I am writing this letter with a request to lengthen the time period of the Quiet Hours in the Brushkana Campground and other BLM campgrounds.

It is discouraging and contrary to the purpose of a remote campground that the Quiet Hours in the Brushkana Creek campground and possibly others along the Denali Highway are only from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.  This leaves virtually no time when a person is not asleep to enjoy the natural sounds of the creek flowing through the boulders and the songs of birds.  A common source of noise are the generators used for charging RV batteries.  These generators are started up at 7:00 a.m. and dominate the soundscape.  There should be a longer period of time in the evening and morning that campers in the campground can expect to be able sit around outside and  listen to the natural soundscape and not the sound of the neighbors’ generators. 

Natural quiet and natural sounds should be recognized by all public land managers as critical resources in and of themselves that deserve no less consideration than clean air and water or fish and wildlife and their habitat. Yet increasingly in Alaska, this resource is under threat. Extending the Quiet Hours would make camping at Brushkana Creek campground a much better experience.  Quiet Hours from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. would allow for a much more peaceful evening and morning while still allowing for ample time for people to charge their RV batteries.

Sincerely,

Brian Okonek

Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition, president