Amendment to Rex Trail Administrative Decision
Permit-Authorized Travel by Certain Off-Road Rubber-Tracked Vehicles
August 27, 2009
(Fairbanks, AK) – The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) has issued an amendment to the May 12, 2008 Rex Trail Administrative Decision that will allow permit-authorized travel on the eastern Rex Trail by certain off-road rubber-tracked vehicles up to the size of a Nodwell 110 during this fall hunting season. Beginning August 29, 2009, this amendment loosens some of the restrictions placed on the Rex Trail so that DMLW can monitor the use impacts. Permits issued under this amended decision will be valid through April 15th, 2010. All other conditions and restrictions of the original decision remain in effect.
People who would like to use tracked vehicles over 1500 lbs on the trail need to contact the DMLW to obtain a permit before the use. Information on this amendment or obtaining a permit can be found on the Rex Trail Management web page at http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/rextrail/ or call the DMLW Northern Region Office at 451-2740.
The Eastern Rex Trail is a popular trail that runs from the George Parks Highway (approximately milepost 280) for more than 50 miles to the Wood River. The trail provides access to an intensive moose harvest area, mining operations, and private parcels. Through the May 12, 2008 Administrative Decision, DMLW temporarily restricted the use of the trail to off road vehicles with a curb weight of 1500lbs or less during the period from April 15 - October 31 annually when the ground was not frozen. The intent of the original decision was to minimize further trail degradation which was restricting some forms of access.
This amendment will allow the DMLW to collect more data and therefore gain better understanding of trail impacts and use. This amendment also allows a wider range of transportation opportunities during this fall hunting season, and allows the Division to evaluate the impacts of the monitoring program on staff and budget. As was stated in the original decision, this type of monitoring is essential to determine the short and long-term management options for removing the travel restrictions.