Comments sought on Denali plans

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) State and federal agencies are hosting a series of open houses for public comment on visitor facilities around the Stampede Road near Healy.

Congress allocated $372,000 for the North Access Visitor Facilities Study along the Stampede Road corridor. The National Park Service and the state Department of Natural Resources are working together on the study.

The study is separate from a Denali Borough study of a new road or railroad into Denali National Park in the same area.

''We are not deciding whether a northern access should or should not be brought in,'' said Pat Welch, recreation planner for Denali National Park and Preserve.

The park's priority remains a new southern access route and improvements to the current park entrance, she said.

Michelle Roller, project leader for DNR, said she and Welch want to know what people want in the way of visitor or recreation facilities.

The first open house will be in Fairbanks on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library. On Tuesday, Welch and Roller will hold an open house at the community center in Healy from 5 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, they will be in Cantwell during the Denali Borough Assembly meeting. The final meeting will be Thursday at the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

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