Rex Trail Management Program Updates
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Rex Trail Update - August 21, 2015
Recent Management Action
The Department has extended the 8/25/09 Amendment and will again be issuing permits to certain tracked rigs for the 2015 hunting season. Please see the Rex Trail Management homepage (dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/rextrail/) for additional information and specific conditions.
Small Vehicle Reroute pilot project construction complete
In 2013, DNR-DMLW contracted with Interior Trails to produce prescription reports for four discrete sections of the Rex Trail, each approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length and within the first nine miles of the trail. The prescription report evaluated four representative segments on the Rex Trail and provided four improvement prescriptions for each segment, two for the current level of use (ATV's less than 1,500 pounds and tracked rigs less than ~25,000 pounds) and two for an expanded level of use (those uses plus wheeled vehicles less than 15,000 pounds).
The test plot locations are not in the same locations as the prescription report sites. This is because the test plot locations were created as a way to gauge the changing condition of the larger trail over time, whereas the prescription report sites were selected because they were preliminarily thought to be significantly degraded, potentially constructible, and potentially informative for possible treatment of other degraded sections of similar character.
In 2014, DNR-DMLW issued a contract for construction of a small vehicle reroute on the fourth prescription site, consisting of an approximately half-mile bypass route for ATV's using a ditch and elevate with gravel cap technique, while leaving the main trail available for larger vehicles. Construction of this reroute was completed in the Spring of 2015. At this time, it is requested that all ORV's 1500 lbs or less utilize this reroute, while larger vehicles continue to utilize the main stem of the Rex Trail.
Seven Mile Lake Reroute
In late July, DNR-DMLW submitted an application to utilize Pittman-Robertson funds to construct a reroute around Seven Mile Lake. Seven Mile Lake is one of the notoriously poor spots on the trail, and is one of the few spots where the trail is on private property. If funding is obtained, DNR will pursue relocating and hardening a route that should allow large and small vehicles to both bypass the existing extensively damaged portion of the trail, as well as reroute the trail off of the private property.
The Division will continue to monitor use of the trail and discuss changes to the Generally Allowed Use regulations (11 AAC 96. 020). Any trail user groups interested in trail hardening projects or trail reroutes should contact the Northern Region to discuss any appropriate solutions.
This site will be updated with news and information about this program.