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THIS Saturday! Join us for Talkeetna Trail Days!


On Saturday, August 26th, join the Denali National Park and Preserve and the Susitna River Coalition in our annual clean up event in Talkeetna, Alaska. Help clean up along the Talkeetna River front and along the Chase Trail. 


Who: You and your friends and family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What: Hands on conservation work and keeping our community beautiful!

When: Saturday, August 26th, Exact Time TBD.

Where: Meet in front of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, 2241 S. B St

Parking: Available at the Ranger Station

Bring: Water, snacks, lunch, hiking boots, rain gear and clothing layers. Safety gear and tools will be provided by NPS.


PRIZES!! Each adult will receive a voucher for a shuttle bus ride in the park (you choose the date, includes park entrance fee) or a night in one of the park's campgrounds!!!


We can't wait to see you! See the Facebook Event page for more information.

 

Putting the Pieces Together: West Susitna Industrial Access

 

Rebrand of West Susitna Industrial Access: Your Comments Needed!

 

In late July, the DOT introduced the state's draft STIP plan for 2024-2027. A surprise inclusion in this draft plan was the first 15 miles of the West Susitna Industrial Access Corridor and bridge across the Big Su. The total cost of this project is currently estimated at $82.5 million for the state of Alaska.


Alaska is overwhelmed with bad roads. The $82.5 million allocated for this portion of the industrial road could be used to fund existing road improvements or build other needed roads that have already been vetted and identified throughout Alaska. This sneaky shift in tactics to push through an unpopular project for industrial access isn’t fooling anyone.


To see the DOT STIP Project Summaries, Click Here.

To see the detailed DOT Extended Timeline, Click Here.

To learn more about West Susitna Industrial Access, Click Here.


Comments on the proposed 2024-2027 STIP funding are accepted until Sunday, September 3rd, 2023. This is a vital opportunity to make your voice heard in keeping the West Susitna Drainage a wild place. 


Comments can be made here.


*** Be sure to reference West Susitna Access, # 34206 in your comments.**


If you would like tips and talking points to utilize in your comments, see Here.

If you would like to get ahead of the curve, and would like help preparing your testimony, please email info@susitnarivercoaltion.org

 

Want to Learn more about West Susitna Industrial Access?


If your organization would like to learn more about the West Susitna Industrial Access Road, please contact us.


We are happy to travel throughout the Mat-Su and beyond to share the story of this mega project that would forever alter the face of the Susitna drainage, the currently thriving sustainable economies, and the area's unique Alaskan recreation opportunities. 


Contact margaret@susitnarivercoalition.org to schedule a time for us to present to your group and discuss the future of the wild West Susitna drainage.

 

Interesting Stuff: ... Dunleavy Visits a Mining Prospect, Nat Hertz, Northern Journal


The DOT re-brand of the first few miles of the West Susitna Industrial Access Corridor is a sneaky way to hide who and what the corridor is actually being built for. 


recent update from Nat Hertz in the Northern Journal highlights Governor Dunleavy and Transportation Commissioner Ryan Anderson visiting the Estelle Mining District. The Estelle Mining District lies at the end of the proposed West Susitna Industrial Access Corridor, and the road would make this Australian gold project feasible. 


"Australia-based Nova Minerals is developing the Estelle Gold Project, in the mountains of the Alaska Range far from existing infrastructure. Dunleavy’s administration is proposing to build a roughly 100-mile road that could connect the project, and possibly other mining prospects, to the road system and existing infrastructure.


Dunleavy and Anderson quietly visited the Estelle project last week, in a trip that was announced in a Nova Minerals press release but not mentioned by the governor’s office. A photo posted by the company shows Dunleavy standing with workers on a drilling platform perched on a precipitous, scree-covered mountainside, with a helicopter parked behind them."


Read the article in full here. Photo from Northern Journal

 

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Wild Su Feast : October 15th 2023

Save the Date!! Wild Su Feast 2023 will be held on October 15th, 2023 at the Denali Brewing Company Tasting Room at Mile 2. We can't wait to celebrate your successful hunts, fishing trips, and gardens at this community potluck. 


Start planning your dishes, save the date, and stay tuned for more information.

Interested in sponsoring this years event or donating a prize to the annual raffle? 



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