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March 2017

Vol. 22, No. 12 Week of March 19, 2017

Upper foothills opens for tundra travel

On March 15 the Alaska Department of Natural Resources opened the upper foothills area of state land for tundra travel. The agency said that the soil temperatures and snow cover in the area had met the required criteria of a 9-inch snow depth and temperatures below minus 5 degrees C. However, a vehicle operator wanting to drive off road needs to have a state off-road travel permit.

DNR cautioned that, although the overall snow cover is adequate, the snow may be thin in some places. These locations should be avoided, or special construction methods should be used to protect the tundra. Operators also need to comply with stipulations for operating vehicles off-road in the winter.

The western coastal area of state lands opened in late December, while the eastern coastal area opened on Jan. 9. The lower foothills area remains closed.

- ALAN BAILEY






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