Copper River Basin Area Plan
The Department of Natural Resources is restarting the process to revise the 1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan. The last scoping phase for the Copper River Basin Area Plan concluded on April 29, 2016, with a total of 86 comments received. Various issues were raised, and the public's response was robust. A discussion of these comments can be found in the Planning Update #2. Given the responses and the length of time since the last round of public meetings in 2018, the Department is going to conduct another round of scoping and public outreach.
The Copper River Basin planning area, 15.9 million acres of land, is located in the eastern portion of southcentral Alaska. It is comprised mostly of rugged and mountainous landscape with large glaciers, wild and scenic rivers, and expansive boreal forests. The majority of this land is under federal ownership and is managed by the National Park Service or Bureau of Land Management. It hosts robust populations of caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goat, moose, bear and various fur-bearing mammals. The Copper River and its tributaries are natal waters for one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries. Evidence of human habitation of this area has been determined to be several thousand years old and is still home to many native Alaskans. This area contains several mining districts, some dating back to the 19th century when prospectors first discovered rich gold, silver, copper and lead deposits. A portion of the Trans Alaska Pipeline runs through the planning area before reaching its terminus in Valdez, just southeast of the plan boundary.
The Copper River Basin Area Plan (CRBAP) addresses the management of approximately 3.3 million acres of state lands. Native corporations within the planning area are entitled to approximately 1.8 million acres of land. Numerous small tracts of privately owned land, particularly near Glennallen, Copper Center, and Kenny Lake, exist within the area, and the University of Alaska also manages several small tracts of land near Glennallen and McCarthy.
A robust public involvement process will be employed to seek input from the public, regional and local Alaska Native corporations, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. The plan will increase permitting efficiency and predictability for the public.
Scoping meetings related to this planning process are scheduled in the communities listed below. Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings, even if they do not live in the community where the meeting is scheduled.
THE ANCHORAGE MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED DATES AND TIMES BELOW.
|Glennallen, Tazlina, Tolsona, Mendeltna, Gakona, Gulkana, Copper Center||June 21st||5:30-7:30pm||Glennallen High School Multipurpose Room|
|Valdez||June 22nd||5:30-7:30pm||Prince William Sound Community College Atrium|
|Kenny Lake, Tonsina, and Willow Creek||June 23rd||Noon-2:00pm||Kenny Lake Community Hall|
|Chitina, McCarthy||June 23rd||3:30-5:30pm||Chitina Village Hall|
|Mentasta Lake, Slana, and Nabesna||June 24th||10:00am-12:00pm||Mentasta Lake Community Recreation Center|
|Anchorage rescheduled - see below||June 29th||5:30pm-7:30pm||Atwood Building Conference Room 106 - William Egan Room|
|Anchorage||July 6th||Noon-2:00pm||Robert B. Atwood Building, Room 102|
|July 6th||5:30pm to 7:30pm||Microsoft Teams meeting: Join or call +1 907-202-7104, Conference ID: 137 282 2#|
|Anchorage||July 8th||5:30-7:30pm||Robert B. Atwood Building, Room 102|
The purpose of the meeting will be to:
- Get input from local users about the area
- Inform the public on the planning process, schedule, and scope of the plan
- Provide basic background information on the planning area
- Provide information on how to meaningfully participate in the planning process
A public comment period associated with the initial scoping process is open from June 7, 2021 through September 8, 2021.
Comments may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or though the online comment form.Letter to Alaskans PDF Make Your Comments Count PDF Map of Planning Area PDF Planning Update No. 2 (2017) PDF Public Scoping Comments (2016) PDF Planning Update No. 1 (2016) PDF 1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan
Why Plan for Public Land?
The Copper River Basin is rich in natural resources, and there are many different ideas as to how these natural resources should be used. Although some uses are in direct conflict with each other, different uses can occur on the same piece of land provided the uses are properly managed.
The planning process provides a means for openly reviewing all resource information and public concerns before long-range decisions are made on state land-use issues. The planning process also resolves conflicting ideas on land use and lets the public know what choices were made and why.
Preparation of land use plans for state lands is required under Title 38 of the Alaska Statutes. State agencies that are responsible for implementing the plan use a variety of methods such as permits, leases, land sales, or negotiated agreements with adjacent landowners to manage the land and its resources. Actions of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be based on the approved area plan.
This final plan describes the intended uses of state lands. The plan contains recommendations on which tracts of land should be retained by the state, sold to private citizens, or exchanged for other tracts of land. In addition, the plan includes a process to identify how the plan will be revised and updated. Maps and legal descriptions are used to clarify the plan.
The planning process is designed to ensure full participation by the public and government agencies, to provide opportunities for review and revision of the plan, and to include consideration of a wide variety of ideas. The outline of the planning process is provided below.
STEP 1 - Identify Issues Current Process
Hold public meetings to identify issues and concerns in the planning area.
STEP 2 - Gather Information - Occurs Throughout Process
Collect information about natural resources, present and past land use, land ownership, and the local economy. A great deal of this is done in the beginning, but it occurs throughout the planning process.
STEP 3 - Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternative
Describe possible choices for managing state land based on public interests, local resources, and state policies. Describe the effects of each choice on goals for the management of an area.
STEP 4 - Prepare Draft Plan
Create a draft plan that reflects resource values and public and agency goals. The agencies review the first draft and settle any land use conflicts that remain or propose the best alternatives for public review.
STEP 5 - Public Review of Draft Plan
Hold public meetings to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft plan and to identify parts that need to be changed.
STEP 6 - Prepare Final Plan
Review agency and public comments and revise the plan. Prepare the plan for publication.
STEP 7 - Approve Plan
The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources approves and signs the plan.
STEP 8 - Implement Plan
The plan guides management decisions for state lands in the planning area.
1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan
The first link is for the entire document, which is quite large and may take considerable time to download on certain internet connections. The other links will take you to specific sections or pages for faster downloads.
- Map of the Planning Area PDF
- Map of the Management Units PDF
- Summary Brochure of the Plan PDF
- Plan Adoption Signatures PDF
Includes: Cover, Signature Page, Planning Team, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents
Includes: Summary of Purpose, How this Document is Organized, Description of Planning Area, Why Plan for Public Land, Planning Process and Management Structure, Summary of Plan Implementation, Summary of Process for Modifying the Plan
Chapter 2. Areawide Land Management Policies
- Introduction PDF
- Agriculture/Grazing PDF
- Fish and Wildlife Habitat PDF
- Forestry PDF
- Materials PDF
- Recreation, Cultural, and Scenic Resources PDF
- Remote Cabins PDF
- Settlement PDF
- Subsurface Resources (Coal, Minerals, Oil, and Gas) PDF
- Transportation PDF
- Lakeshore Management PDF
- Public Access PDF
- Stream Corridors PDF
- Trail Management PDF
- Wetlands Management PDF
Chapter 3. Land Management Policies for each Management Unit
Includes: Surface and Subsurface Land Use Designations, Resource Management Areas, Management Guidelines, Areas Proposed for Legislative Designations, Flexibility of the Plan
- Map of Management Units PDF
- Nelchina River/Tazlina River PDF
- North of Nelchina River PDF
- North of Tazlina River PDF
- North of Glenn Hwy. Near Snowshoe Lake PDF
- Lake Louise Road Area PDF
- Crosswind Lake Area PDF
- Crosswind Lake PDF
- Tazlina, Kaina, & St. Anne Lakes Area PDF
- Between Tazlina & Klutina Rivers PDF
- West of Tazlina Lake PDF
- Chugach Mountains PDF
- Klutina Lake & River PDF
- Chugach Glaciers PDF
- Tonsina Lake PDF
- Thompson Pass PDF
- Tiekel/Richardson PDF
- Tonsina Plateau PDF
- Lower Tonsina/Edgerton Highway PDF
- Squirrel Creek/Mount DuRelle PDF
- Willow Creek PDF
- Tazlina PDF
- Mount Drum Bluffs PDF
- Glennallen/Gulkana PDF
- Long Lake/Fireweed Mt. PDF
- McCarthy/Nizina River PDF
- Lower Gakona River PDF
- Gulkana River/Richardson Hwy. PDF
- Summit Lake PDF
- Upper Gakona, Chistochina, & Slana River Drainages PDF
- Alaska Range PDF
- Slate Creek/Chisna River PDF
- Slana/Mentasta PDF
- Copper & Chitina Rivers, Other Navigable Tributaries (Not Mapped) PDF
Includes: Introduction, Proposed Selections, Relinquishments and Exchanges, Land Use Classifications, Management Plan Priorities, Recommendations for Legislative Designations, Procedures for Plan Modification and Amendment