Gov. Walker’s Proposed Klutina Settlement is Wrong for Alaskans
It Reduces Rights
It Reduces Access
It Risks Your Access Rights Elsewhere Statewide
Stand Up and Say No to the Settlement
The Walker administration is seeking public comment on a proposed settlement to a lawsuit brought by Ahtna, Inc. over Alaskans’ right to access the Klutina Lake Road and the Gulkana River, including the only state-owned public boat launch on the Gulkana River. This is a case that could have been won in court by the State of Alaska and preserved our access rights. Instead, the administration chose to settle out of court. As it stands, the pending agreement would erode public access and diminish our rights. Where we now can freely travel and camp and park and launch our boats in the Klutina area, we would then be restricted or charged a fee.
Here are a few of the impacts of the settlement:
- It would be a criminal violation to pullover and park overnight on the Klutina Lake Road.
- It would be a criminal violation to pick berries, mushrooms, or any wild plants or gather firewood on the Klutina Lake Road.
- It would remove the public access on the north side of Klutina Lake and move it at least 746 feet away from the lake.
- It would transfer the only state-owned highway-accessible rest area, campground parking, and boat launch on the Gulkana River.
- It would allow Ahtna to charge fees for overnight camping and parking along Klutina Lake Road.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, this settlement would set a precedent for all historic rights of way (in this RS2477* category) in Alaska located on private lands. Your rights to freely access other rights-of-way could be stripped away and replaced with restrictions and fees.
*These historic rights-of-way are referred to as RS2477 and are listed in Alaska Statute in order to protect your rights to use and access public lands in our great state.
Bottom line: The Walker administration should not be allowed to proceed with a settlement that will diminish public uses protected by law.
Red on map indicates historic trails and roadways.
WE MUST ACT NOW TO PRESERVE OUR RIGHT AS ALASKANS
TO ACCESS OUR RIGHT-OF-WAYS!
TELL GOV. WALKER NOT TO PROCEED WITH
THIS EROSION OF OUR RIGHTS!
ACT NOW AND VOICE YOUR OPINION
BEFORE THE AUGUST 30, 2017 DEADLINE
Public comments are due by August 30th at 4pm.
Please use this form to express your concern and to ask Gov. Walker to stop this settlement effort and to fight this in court instead.
When you send this form it will be copied to:
– Governor Bill Walker, Governor of the State of Alaska
– Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Lt. Governor of the State of Alaska
– Jahna Lindemuth, Attorney General for the State of Alaska
– Andy Mack, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
– Marc Luiken, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation
– Sam Cotten, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
– The Klutina Settlement Public Feedback Email Address
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