Rex Trail Management Program Updates

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Rex Trail Management
Updates

Rex Trail Update - August 9, 2013

Recent Management Action

The Department has extended the 8/25/09 Amendment and will again be issuing permits to certain tracked rigs for the 2013 hunting season. Please see the Rex Trail Management homepage (dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/rextrail/) for additional information and specific conditions.

Update on the 5/12/08 Administrative Decision
and 8/25/09 Amendment:

The May 2008 and August 2009 decisions were appealed to the Commissioner of DNR. The Commissioner denied the appeals and upheld both DMLW decisions. The decisions were then appealed to the Alaska Superior Court, which upheld DNR's decisions on February 1, 2011. The Superior Court case was appealed to the Alaska Supreme court, which again upheld DNR’s decisions on November 23, 2012.

What's Next?

On June 12, 2013, a contract was awarded to Interior Trails to produce a prescription report for four discrete sections of the Rex Trail.  This report is to provide a variety of treatment options and cost estimates for each site for varying levels of use, up to and including the use of large wheeled vehicles up tot 15000 lbs.  Based this information, DNR intends to select an option for one or more sites and effect the improvements.  We would then monitor the improvements to determine the long term effectiveness of each particular construction method. Depending on the timelines for the necessary permitting, construction may begin in late fall or early winter of this year, or in the summer of 2014.  Once a construction contract has been let and timelines are clearer, the website will be updated with more specific information.

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.  Please check back often.