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Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Susitna Basin Recreation Rivers Management Plan

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Advisory Board Appointed

In November of 2021, Governor Mike Dunleavy re-established the Susitna Basin Recreation Rivers Advisory Board after 30 years of inactivity. Establishing this board is the necessary first step to begin revisions to the Susitna Basin Recreation Rivers Management Plan that was adopted in 1991. For more information related to the advisory board, visit:

Susitna Basin Recreation Rivers Advisory Board

Overview

In Spring of 1988, the Recreation Rivers Act passed designating six, mile-wide river corridors:

Photo of Lake Creek Canyon from the air
Alexander Creek, Deshka River (Kroto Creek / Moose Creek), Lake Creek, Little Susitna River, Talachulitna River and Talkeetna River. The primary purpose of establishing the six recreation rivers is the maintenance and enhancement of the land and water for recreation. The first management plan for the recreation rivers was adopted in 1991. The management plan describes how the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will manage approximately 243,000 acres of state-owned land along 460 river miles within the Susitna Basin. The plan does not make management decisions for private, native or borough lands.

Much has changed in the 30 years since the first plan was adopted. DNR is starting a revision of the management plan to update resource information and address changing recreational and economic use. A robust public process will be employed to gather information and create a shared vision for future management of the Recreation Rivers.

Recreation Rivers Area Map

Planning Process

The planning process is a multi-step process for collecting information and knowledge and developing a plan that meets the needs and desires of stakeholders. Below is an overview of the process.

Step 1 - Identify Issues

Step 2 - Gather Information

Step 3 - Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternatives

Step 4 - Prepare Draft Plan

Step 5 - Public Review of Draft Plan

Step 6 - Prepare Final Plan

Step 7 - Approve Plan

Step 8 - Legislature Reviews Plan

Step 9 - Adopt and Implement Plan

Prior Management Plan

1991 Susitna Basin Recreation Rivers Management Plan

For More Information

Contact

Rob E. Earl
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.269.8533
rob.earl@alaska.gov

Shelby Burridge
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.269.8593
shelby.burridge@alaska.gov

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