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Final Decision Issued on the Kasilof River Special Use Area


Anchorage, AK - The Southcentral Regional Land Office within the Division of Mining, Land and Water has made a final decision to designate the state lands of the lower Kasilof River area as “Special Use Lands” to be known as the Kasilof River Special Use Area (KARSUA). The land office has determined that these lands contain special biological, habitat, and recreational values that warrant additional protections and other special requirements as listed on the second page of the final KARSUA decision. The final decision and associated information are available on the KARSUA website at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/kasilof/.

The newly-established special use area comprises approximately 1,010 acres of state-owned and managed lands and integrates a system of management designed not to limit overall public use but to manage it, while providing for increased public enjoyment of the areas’ special resource values. This decision provides the rationale for specific management actions for the special use area and the basis for the development of regulations under the Alaska Administrative Procedures Act to be listed under the Alaska Administrative Code. Lands contained within the special use area will continue to be managed as public domain lands under the authority of Alaska Statute Title 38, and through the principles of multiple use. 

While the document can be downloaded for free from the website, hard copies of the decision are also available on request by contacting the DNR Public Information Center at 907-269-8400. There is a $20 fee for a hard copy of the 80-page decision (11 AAC 05.010(a)(16)(C) plus postage. Questions about the special use area should be directed to either: Adam Smith and Raymond Keough at the phone numbers listed above. They can also be reached at adam.smith@alaska.gov and raymond.keough@alaska.gov.



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