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Sen. Giessel Introduces SB 181 to Support Future Recreation and Development in Girdwood Area


JUNEAU – Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, has introduced legislation to ratify mineral closures by the Department of Natural Resources in two creek drainages in the Girdwood area that are important for recreational development. The bill, SB 181, approves land classifications for the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages, closing those areas to new mineral entry. The classifications do not effect previously filed mineral claims.

“The Alaska Miners Association is in agreement with the DNR commissioner that these drainages are more important to the recreational economy of the Girdwood area and should be set aside for those purposes,” Sen. Giessel said. “As the Senator representing Girdwood, I am pleased to be able to support the Turnagain Arm Management Plan and the community’s interest in expanding recreational opportunities in the valley. This recreation area is enjoyed by Alaskans from throughout the state, and visitors from all over the world, and year-round.”

Both the Alyeska Resort and Girdwood 2020 have submitted statements in support of the mineral closure. Those statements and others from interested stakeholders can be read by going to: http://www.aksenateminority.com/wp-content/uploads/SB-181-Supporting-Ltrs.pdf

The bill withdraws approximately 5,580 acres from mineral entry within the two drainages. Senate Bill 181 is in the Senate Resources committee awaiting a hearing.

To read the DNR mineral closing order, please go here: http://www.aksenateminority.com/wp-content/uploads/SB-181-DNR-Decision-Doc.pdf


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