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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Management Plan

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Management Plan covers those lands designated by the State Legislature in 1982 as the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The plan defines management intent and develops rules or guidelines to ensure that the many uses allowed by the enabling legislation can occur with minimal conflict or loss of primary habitat values. This plan is an update of the original Bald Eagle Preserve Plan adopted in 1985. This plan, adopted in September 2002 by the Commissioner of DNR, replaces and supersedes all aspects of the original plan.

Revisions to this plan were conducted concurrently with the Haines State Forest Plan and the Northern Southeast Area Plan. The integrated development of these plans was thought necessary because of common boundaries, common river drainages and the need for consistent management of resources.

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Management Plan includes the following:

Chapter 1: Introduction - Chapter one describes the planning area in detail and provides background information on the planning area, historical background on legislation governing the use of this area, and outlines management issues.

Chapter 2: Preserve Land and Water Management: Goals and Management Guidelines - This chapter sets forth management goals and policies for each of the major resources or land use categories affected by the plan: fish and wildlife; personal use firewood; recreation, cultural, historic and traditional uses; transportation and water resources.

Chapter 3: Land management policies for Each Management Unit - This chapter presents specific land management policies for each of the Preserve's five Management Units: Upper Chilkat River; Tsirku River; Bald Eagle Council Grounds; Haines Highway and Adjacent Lands; and Chilkoot River/Lake.

Chapter 4: Plan Implementation - This chapter summarizes the actions necessary to implement the plan.

Appendix A - Alaska Statutes 41.21.610-41.630, "Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve";
Alaska Statutes 41.21.027(g), "Concession Contracts in the State Park System.";
Title 11 Alaska Administrative Code, Chapter 21 "Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve"
Appendix B - Glossary
Appendix C - Preserve Permitting Requirements
Appendix D - Permitting Procedures
Appendix E - Community Recreation Survey

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Management Plan through the web:

Due to the size of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Plan, it has been broken down into several separate PDF documents. The first link below is for the entire text of the plan (176 pages). Below that, the maps are listed separately, each with their own link, due to file size and to allow for faster downloading. Included with the map listing is the page number of the map where it appears in the plan.

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Plan - Complete Text

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Plan - Area Maps

Chapter 1
Map 1-1: Plan Boundary, Page 3
Map 1-2: Anadromous Fish Stream Spawning & Rearing, Page 5

Chapter 3
Map 3-1: Plan Boundary & Management Units, Page 3
Map 3-2: Management Unit 1 - Upper Chilkat River, Page 11
Map 3-2a: Management Unit 1 - Upper Chilkat Route & Use Area Restrictions, Page 13
Map 3-3: Management Unit 2 - Tsirku River, Page 21
Map 3-4: Management Unit 3 - Bald Eagle Council Grounds, Page 27
Map 3-5a: Management Unit 4 - Upper Haines Hwy. & Adjacent Lands, Page 35
Map 3-5b: Management Unit 4 - Lower Haines Hwy. & Adjacent Lands, Page 37
Map 3-6: Management Unit 5 - Chilkoot River and Lake, Page 43

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

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