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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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CNF Spencer Glacier Recreation Permit: EA Scoping Comments

Monday, January 20th, 2014

AQRC believes the maximum number of parties and number of participants per party for commercial non-motorized recreation guide services is excessive and must be reduced to protect the Spencer Glacier “wilderness” experience.

Central Yukon DRMP Scoping Comments

Friday, January 17th, 2014

AQRC requests BLM to identify and close to motorized recreation a substantial portion of this area in order to protect the ecological values and for social/conservation reasons such as quiet recreation. The Dalton Highway corridor should continue to be closed. We further suggest that BLM develop a soundscape plan that includes monitoring and protection of natural sounds and natural quiet.

Kachemak Bay State Park & Wilderness Park Scoping Comments

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

AQRC believes the natural sounds and natural quiet of the land and water of these two parks should be protected and oppose changing the plans to allow permitting of heli-skiing, jet skiing or unregulated, unenforced float plane landings in the parks.

Comments on LAS 29362

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

AQRC is concerned that the scope of this request for a permit-to brush a 20 foot wide, 43.9 mile long trail from the Denali Highway to the Susitna River in order to move heavy equipment to a proposed field camp- is outside the scope of a DNR permit and will create substantial environmental damage and open the area to ORV traffic and motorized hunting without enforcement or regulation. A full public process should be required. Any permit must be limited to winter access alone.

Chugach National Forest: Assessment Meeting Comments

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

AQRC reiterates its concerns that motorized and non-motorized recreation must have designated separate areas and trails in CNF, we support Wilderness designations and that until the USFS re-thinks and revises their interpretation of “traditional activity” in Section 1110(a) of ANILCA , wilderness in CNF will not meet its statutory purpose.

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