While one concern of the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition is conflict between non-motorized and motorized user groups on the state’s public lands, a greater impact likely occurs due to displacement. Displacement occurs when a quiet recreationist loses access to an area previously enjoyed, due to the presence of motorized recreationists whose activities degrade the experience.

Here are a few accounts from Alaskans who have been displaced from their favorite places or activities due to motorized recreational activities. If you have a similar experience in being displaced from a favorite recreational spot which you would like to share, go to Contact Us to submit a short description of your experience. The Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition board will have the final decision as to suitability for posting.


Where Have All the Canoes Gone?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

by Stan Justice Years ago one of the more popular interior floats was the Reindeer Hills section of the Nenana River. It was popular because it is high in the hills, has great views, and mellow water (class II). Plus it is road accessible via the Parks and Denali Highways. Then Denali Wilderness Jet Boat […]

A Displacement Story over Three Decades

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

by Libby Hatton After a few miles on a homesteader’s route, I broke trail through a silent forest of birch and spruce and over the muskeg until I reached Swan Lake. Then I traversed the expanse of glistening untracked snow over the lake and the swamp beyond. The Alaska Range loomed to the north as […]

Displaced By Snowmachines… AGAIN

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

by Cliff Eames I don’t have a single, dramatic story to tell of displacement by snowmachines. I’ve been displaced from a LOT of places and hardly know where to begin. I started cross country skiing in Southcentral Alaska in 1977, first out of Anchorage; for the last three years I’ve lived in Kenny Lake (southeast […]

Dear Editor

Friday, April 20th, 2007

by Frank Keim Well everybody, the Arctic Man weekend is over, and now it’s time to reflect on what you accomplished. To haul yourself and your snow machines to the Gulkana Glacier-Summit Lake area in your behemoth pickups and RVs, you spewed more than 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Racing around […]

Displaced by a Lack of Respect

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

by Brian Okonek Change started incrementally, gained momentum and exploded. I can not deny that I was not part of the problem. Each of us has an impact. Our activity is relative to what was taking place in a given region before our arrival and to how many of us arrive. Problems can quickly compound […]

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