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AQRC comments on public land use plans, decisions and conflicts in Alaska which affect our core values, such as quiet recreational opportunities, natural sounds and natural quiet. We review actions taken by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and other political entities.

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Scoping Comments re KB and Fox River Flats CHA Management Plan

Friday, October 21st, 2016

AQRC wishes to reiterate its continued support for the ban on jet ski use on the grounds that such use is incompatible with the purposes for which these two CHAs were formed and that such a restriction does not prevent public access; merely restricts one mode of travel.


Proposed KRPUA Regulatory Package

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

AQRC finds that the proposed regulations do not adequately protect the unique resource values of the Jim Swan wetlands area though some improvements may be forthcoming, such as relates to the shooting range.


Legal Argument re Section 1110(a) of ANILCA

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Interpretation of 1110 (a) of ANILCA argues that recreational snowmaching is NOT an authorized activity in Wilderness areas as a transportation method for “traditional activities”. Please note legal citations are excluded in version of letter posted.
Please note that the legal citations are not included in posted letter.


Comments on Draft SCORP

Friday, August 5th, 2016

AQRC supports the three proposed goals and strategies and are concerned that youth are not spending more time in outdoor recreation. We suggest that more attention must be paid to the effects, positive and negative, the tourism industry has on the condition of state parks.


Group Letter re Wilderness in WRST Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Pland

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Group letter offers comments on the Proposed Action for WRST Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan which oppose allowing recreational snowmachining in designated Wilderness in the Park.


AQRC offers Additional Comments on Proposed Action for WRST NP & P Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

AQRC adds additional comments on the Proposed Action as it relates to airplanes, helicopters and flightseeing in Wilderness as well as on cumulative effects and believes strict enforcement and monitoring will be necessary to preserve the Wilderness values for humans and wildlife in the Park.


Letter to Secretary Jewell, DOI re Alaska Wilderness

Monday, July 11th, 2016

AQRC requests the Secretary to re-interpret Sec. 1110(a) of ANILCA in order to prohibit snowmachining as a “traditional activity” in the Wilderness areas of WRST and throughout the NPS system.


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