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Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan Public Meeting Announcement and Review Period

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF), in coordination with the project planner from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, will host a series of public meetings to discuss the second draft of the Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan.

The purpose of these public meetings is to provide background information on the planning process and to discuss the plan's contents with the interested public, government agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The plan is available for review at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/scenic/daltoncpp.shtml. The last day to submit comments on this draft is October 31, 2009.

All interested parties are welcome to participate and are encouraged to review the plan prior to the scheduled meetings.

Public Meeting Schedule:
·         WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 6:00-8:00pm
·         WHERE: Fairbanks, AK-Alaska Public Lands Information Center
(located in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, 101 Dunkel Street, Suite 110, Fairbanks, AK)
·         WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 5:00-7:00pm
·         WHERE: Wiseman, AK-Wiseman Community Center 

Meeting dates for Barrow and Deadhorse are yet to be determined.

The Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan (CPP) is a comprehensive evaluation of the state scenic byway's intrinsic qualities and serves as a guide for the management, protection, and enhancement of those qualities over time. The CPP is an expression of local desires, written in cooperation with local communities, organizations, businesses, and public agencies.

In addition to evaluating what makes the Dalton Highway unique and valued by stakeholders, the CPP expresses stakeholders' concerns voiced during the public process and details how those concerns and challenges influence management and planning.

For more information contact Kathlene Rowell at kathlene.rowell@alaska.gov or 907.269.8742 or Marcheta Moulton at marcheta.moulton@alaska.gov or 907.465.8944.

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