DNR opens eastern coastal area for tundra travel
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has opened the eastern coastal area of state land on the North Slope for off-road winter tundra travel, DNR announced today. The department says that in the region soil temperatures are below minus 5 C at a depth of 30 centimeters and snow depths are greater than 6 inches, the criteria for the tundra travel opening.
However, the department also says that, although overall snow cover is good, it may be thin in some areas - these areas should be avoided or, if access is required, special construction methods should be used to protect the tundra. And any off-road driving requires a state off-road tundra travel permit.
DNR has yet to announce the opening of any other areas of North Slope state land for tundra travel.
- ALAN BAILEY