Here's a letter just received from our non-motorized friendly folks at DNR. Riders are about to lose access in Hatchers pass. I've attached a link to the map showing what areas will be closed off. Thankfully the current commission that has signed this is on the way out and a new commission on the way in. Commissioner Irwin was a wack job and has taken access away from Alaskans and this is another example. Maybe if the new commissioner, Dan Sullivan, gets enough appeals he'll reverse the decision and make DNR go back to the drawing board. They ignored all of the motorized access request that AOAA and AOC asked for and the hundreds of letters sent to them from individuals. DNR has been invaded by folks with an anti-motorized agenda and it's time to fight back. If you agree, send a letter of appeal and ask your friends to do the same. The entire state is open to anyone who wants to walk, crawl, run, bike, ski, etc. They just don't want you doing the same on your motorized vehicle.
They must answer every appeal so at least inundate them so they at have to complete tons of paperwork if they continue to move forward with this.
Here's the letter and a map link. PLEASE pass this on to those you think need to know.
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the Hatcher Pass Management Plan on November 17, 2010. The Land Classification Order No. SC-09-003 and Mineral Closing Order No. 1107, which implement the plan, have also been adopted.
The 2010 Hatcher Pass Management Plan affects 294, 919 acres of state land and provides the basis for state land and resource management in the Hatcher Pass area. It primarily deals with recreation and mining, which are the principal uses of the area. It is a revision of the 1986 management plan and the result of a two year planning and public participation process and multi-agency coordination.
The final plan consists of the Public Review Draft (PRD), which was distributed in March 2010, and a list of Approved Revisions to the PRD. The list of Approved Revisions is derived from the Issue Response Summary, which is a document that addresses all of the issues identified through public and agency comments and provides recommendations for revisions to the plan where appropriate. Only the recommended revisions are contained in the list of Approved Revisions. The PRD, Issue Response Summary and Approved Revisions are attached to this email. They are also available electronically on the DNR webpage at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/planning. If you would like a paper copy, please submit your request via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (907)269-8534 for further information.
A 20 day period is being provided for reconsideration of the Commissionerís decision beginning on December 9, 2010.
A person affected by the decision to adopt the Hatcher Pass Management Plan, Land Classification Order No. SC-09-003, and Mineral Closing Order No. 1107, may request reconsideration, in accordance with 11 AAC 02. Requests for reconsideration of this decision are due by 5:00 PM on December 28, 2010. The request may be mailed or delivered to Dan Sullivan, Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1400, Anchorage, Alaska 99501; faxed to 1-907-269-8918; or sent by electronic mail to email@example.com. If reconsideration is not requested by that date or if the commissioner does not order reconsideration on his own motion, this decision goes into effect as a final order and decision on January 7, 2011.
Failure of the commissioner to act on a request for reconsideration within 30 days after issuance of this decision is a denial of reconsideration and is a final administrative order and decision for purposes of an appeal to Superior Court. The decision may then be appealed to Superior Court within a further 30 days in accordance with the rules of the court, and to the extent permitted by applicable law. An eligible person must first request reconsideration of this decision in accordance with 11 AAC 02 before appealing this decision to Superior Court. A copy of 11 AAC 02 may be obtained from any regional information office of the Department of Natural Resources.
Land Use Planner
State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land & Water
Resource Assessment & Development Section
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1050
Anchorage, AK 99515