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Tundra.Notification: Upper Foothills Opening Report

NORTH SLOPE WINTER OFF-ROAD (TUNDRA) TRAVEL

NOTICE OF OPENING
WESTERN COASTAL AREA

Department of Natural Resources- Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) has documented that soil temperatures and snow cover within the Western Coastal Area have met the criteria for opening (6 inches of snow and colder than -5 °C soil temperature at 30 cm depth).

The tundra is open to all vehicles in the Western Coastal Area for the 2011-2012 winter season effective at 0800 hours, Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

This opening applies only to those operators who have valid off-road vehicle travel permits to operate on state-owned lands on the North Slope.

Note that although overall snow cover is good, it may be thin in some areas. These areas should be avoided, or special construction methods should be used to protect the tundra surface. Special attention should be given to the DMLW’s stipulation regarding winter off-road vehicle travel, which requires adequate frost and snow cover. Site inspections will be conducted periodically by state personnel to ensure compliance.

If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water, Northern Region Land Section in Fairbanks at (907) 451-2740.

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