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January 05, 2016 --- Vol. 22, No. 1January 2016

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

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