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.« Older Posts |
Friday, August 16th, 2013
AQRC has been advised that floatplane landings are routinely taking place in violation of the regulations with little enforcement and expresses concerns about the possibility of a special park use permit being issued for jetskis traversing Nuka Passage.
Friday, July 5th, 2013
AQRC objects to the proposed plan for its failure to resolve the issue of granting special park use permits to allow use of ORVs despite the evident environmental damage caused, appropriation of public resources, violation of purpose for the SRA.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
While AQRC does not believe recreational snowmobiling has a place in the NP system, we recognize that snowmobiling is allowed in Yellowstone NP. We suggest further mitigation measures such as speed limits not to exceed 35 mph, Best Available Technology starting with the 2015-16 season and setting a daily cap not to exceed the average maximum number of snowmobiles that actually entered the Park this past season.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
The long, involved history surrounding a site for a South Denali Visitor Center requires adequate regulations to be in place to protect the South Denali region from destructive motorized recreation and ugly strip development or the Visitors’ Center and the region will be severely compromised.
Sunday, April 14th, 2013
As part of its assessment efforts, AQRC urges the Forest Service to consider the possibilities of designating Wilderness status for areas of the Chugach National Forest. AQRC strongly believes, however, that the Forest Service has misinterpreted the ANILCA exceptions to Wilderness by allowing recreational snowmachining and urges the Forest Service to reexamine its policy in this regard.