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Hatcher Pass East Management Area Closes to Snowmachines

(Wasilla, AK) - The Mat-Su Area Office of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation announces the closure entire east side of Hatcher Pass Management Area to snowmachine. The closure is effective from Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. until further notice.

This closure is necessary due to a lack of new snow, the steady erosion by wind and melting temperatures (with a forecast of continuing warm trends). The rangers have evaluated the area and have determined the current snowpack is below the level necessary to protect underlying vegetation, including some spots of bare ground and tundra.  

Once Hatcher Pass receives sufficient snow, rangers will reopen the closed area to snowmaching.  For more information, contact the Mat-Su Area Office at 745-3975.

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