Yukon Tanana Basin Area Plan
(Revision of the western portion of the Tanana Basin Area Plan)
Public Review Draft Documents
Public Review Draft Maps
In October 2012, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prepared an "Intent to Adopt" of the Yukon Tanana Area Plan (YTAP). This document included changes from the Public Review Draft that were recommended by the public and agencies. DNR is now in the process of evaluating public and agency comments on the Intent to Adopt and preparing revisions for the draft plan in anticipation of the eventual adoption of the plan by the commissioner.
The land included in the YTAP is located within the west side of the existing Tanana Basin Area Plan (TBAP), which was adopted in 1985, and updated in 1991. The YTAP has been developed because the TBAP is outdated and needs to be revised to account for changes in land ownership; to reflect the current and anticipated physical, economic, and social factors in the area; and, to provide a sufficient land-base for the development and conservation of the state's natural resources.
The YTAP boundary encompasses over 9 million acres of state land. There are approximately 9 million acres of general state owned or selected land. Almost 1 million acres of state and state selected land is located within three Legislatively Designated Areas (LDA's) included in plan the boundary. The LDA's are the Tanana Valley State Forest, the Minto Flats State Game Refuge, and James Dalton Legislatively Designated Area. This plan will not affect federal, borough, Mental Health Trust, University, Native, or other private lands, and will not affect oil and gas lease sales or gas only lease sales.
For more information about the new YTAP please review this fact sheet: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/planning/areaplans/ytap/pdf/ytap_aspects_08_07_2012.pdf
Why are Area Plans Developed?
State lands can provide many different resources to many different people including fish, wildlife, water, timber, minerals, recreation and tourism opportunities, and settlement opportunities. There are many different ideas about how these state resources should be used, and sometimes these uses conflict with each other. However, if the land is managed carefully, many uses can occur in the same area. Planning is a way of sorting through the possibilities for using state land and choosing those with the greatest benefits for all Alaskans. Developing plans for state land is especially challenging because people have differing ideas of how state land can best be used. Also, not all desired uses of state land can occur compatibly in the same place at the same time. In the planning process all resources are considered and evaluated.
What is the Process for Developing the Area Plan Revision?
Below is an outline of the major steps that are being taken during the development of the YTAP.
- Gather Information. Information is collected about natural resources, present land use, land ownership, local history and economy (a great deal of this is done in the beginning, but it occurs throughout the planning process).
- Identify Issues. Public Scoping Meetings were held to learn about local interests and issues with state lands. These meetings also helped to get the word out that the planning process had begun (Spring/Summer 2009).
- Prepare Public Review Draft. Using resource information that has been gathered and public and agency comments, planning staff developed a draft plan, the Public Review Draft (PRD).
- Public Review Period. The PRD has been made available, and public meetings will be held to discuss the draft, receive comments, and identify parts of the plan that may need to be changed. This period will last approximately 70 days for this plan.
- Prepare Issue Response Summary. After the 70 day public review period, RADS will evaluate the public comments and recommendations received about the PRD and will prepare a response to address those issues and provide a summary list of the approved revisions to the document.
- Intent to Adopt. The Issue Response Summary, List of Approved Revisions and the PRD constitute a draft of the final plan and will be released to the public for an additional 30 day public review period. Upon review of any additional comments received, additions or deletions to the List of Approved Revisions may be made.
- Prepare Final Draft. Based on the comments during both public review periods, a final draft will be prepared.
- Adoption by the Commissioner of DNR. The Commissioner signs the plan which then guides management decisions on state land in the planning area.
For additional information regarding the YTAP, the Public Review Draft, Issue Response Summary and List of Approved Revisions, please contact Philana Miles.
Philana Miles, Land Use Planner