The consulting firm of Agnew::Beck was recently hired by the Denali Borough to assist with creating a management system for Borough-owned lands. Agnew::Beck has produced a draft set of recommendations and is looking for public comment on it. Download a copy of the Agnew::Beck land management recommendations, along with a trove of information on borough land planning, at the Denali Borough Land Management page
If you live, part or full-time, in the Denali Borough, or own lands in the borough, you have an interest in this process! Review the recommended classifications for areas near your home and decide if this is what you want.
DCC’s comments will express the following:
- The Agnew::Beck process must result in action by the Denali Borough, to establish a vision for its lands using the classification process.
- The vision is important, and includes identifying lands that are strategically located for economic development and lands that are better left to provide opportunities for dispersed recreation and wildlife habitat. Planners must think carefully about both the benefit and the cost to the borough of classification for development.
- We urge the Denali Borough to move forward from classifying its own lands to establishing a coherent land classification and management system for the entire borough. The borough must develop its capacity to manage, especially as corporate interests eye lands within the borough for their pet projects.