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Denali Overflights Advisory Council Meeting in Fairbanks

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Date: March 30, 2009
Contact: Maureen McLaughlin, (907) 733-9103

The fifth meeting of the Denali National Park Aircraft Overflights Advisory Council will take place on Tuesday April 7, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the National Park Service Fairbanks Administrative Center located at 4175 Geist Road. Individuals can also participate by videoconference from the Talkeetna Ranger Station located at 22241 South B Street in downtown Talkeetna. The meeting is open to the public with time allocated for public testimony. Written comments are also welcome and can be brought to the meeting or mailed to Miriam Valentine, Talkeetna Ranger Station, P.O. Box 588, Talkeetna, AK 99676.

The Denali National Park Aircraft Overflights Advisory Council will advise the Superintendent, through the Secretary of the Interior, on mitigation efforts that should be made to reduce the impacts from aircraft overflights at Denali National Park and Preserve. The group will develop voluntary measures for assuring the safety of passengers, pilots, and mountaineers and for achieving desired future resource conditions at Denali that were outlined in the 2006 Backcountry Management Plan. Council membership contains broad representation of interested stakeholders and has a balance of local, state, and national interests.

During the multi-year planning process to complete the 2006 Denali National Park and Preserve Backcountry Management Plan, the public identified impacts from aircraft overflights and airplane landings as a critical issue. Aircraft are an important means of visitor access to remote areas of the Denali backcountry, but overflights and landings, generally unrestricted by management plans in the past, have resulted in substantial changes in the natural sound environment and generated new conflicts with park users on the ground.

Information on the Advisory Council can be found at http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/currentprojects.htm

Information on Denali's 2006 Backcountry Management Plan is located at http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/gmp.htm

For additional information on the meeting, please contact Miriam Valentine at (907) 733-9102 or via email at miriam_valentine@nps.gov

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