House Expands Petersvill Recreational Mining Area (HB135/Keller)
HB135 adds 220 acres to southern area, fixes 1997 omission
Monday, March 10, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill proposing to add 220 acres to the Petersville Recreational Mining Area, and fix an omission from a 1997 order from the State. Rep. Wes Keller’s House Bill 135, adds two sections to the southern area that were left out when two adjoining areas were opened, following consultations with the claim owner and Dept. of Natural Resources.
“It’s gratifying to be able to help bring this issue one step closer to being cleared up,” Keller, R-Wasilla, said. “It’s through a lot of hard work and understanding from department staff and the claim owner that we’re close to making the mining area whole and finally be able to settle this long-running riddle. Mining is an important part of our state’s identity and history, and I look forward to the day when the process is complete and the Petersville Recreational Mining Area, in my district, is a bustling tourism and mining area.”
HB 135 amends the area, located south of Denali National Park and Preserve near Talkeetna and Trapper Creek. The DNR would then be able to negotiate with the federal Bureau of Land Management on transferring the land, and then open it to recreational mining.
HB 135 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.