When Can I Comment on the Plan?
The Kantishna and Wonder Lake Area Plan: Range of Proposals for Public Feedback in open for public comments from August 5 through October 31.
Park planning staff hosted the following public meetings to provide information and answer questions on the plan:
Wonder Lake Ranger Station
August 21, 2019, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Denali National Park
Murie Science and Learning Center
August 22, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6 p.m.
Conference line was available for remote attendees
What Happens Next?
Beyond finishing the draft plan and releasing it for public comment, the National Park Service is actively flagging proposed sites and trails in the Kantishna and Wonder Lake areas this summer. The intent is to hire contractors to complete required cultural and wetland surveys next summer.
Flagging is going in place this summer (2019) we determine the actual routes and corners of trails (and other areas) discussed in the plan. None of the flagging indicates that anything is being built. However, it should give people an idea of the scale of development being discussed in this plan. Our hope is that it will allow all stakeholders to explore the potential trails and areas of development, and make more informed comments to the plan in August 2019.
We are required by law to complete cultural and wetland surveys for any development being considered. These surveys will be conducted in the summer of 2020. This means flagging will remain up for two seasons (2019 & 2020). Flagging locations are being recorded by GPS to ensure that it is all removed when no longer needed.
The color and placement of the flagging is important and intended to be visible. This allows people to easily visualize the area being surveyed. The park has tried to mitigate impacts by only placing flagging on new development.
The park will use the efforts above to create alternatives and select a preferred alternative. The plan will then be re-released in conjunction with the future compliance document—which will also then be open for public comment. No implementation can happen until this full compliance process is complete.
Learn more about the Planning and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Compliance Process
What’s in the Plan?
The draft plan currently covers a range of possibilities within different topics: management, visitor experience, guided services, and infrastructure. Each of these topics provides or supports additional recreational use in the Kantishna and Wonder Lake areas. A breakdown of what is considered in each of these topics is below:
Additionally the plan proposes options for implementation, including prioritization of projects if they are retained in the compliance process, and how to manage the informal trail that are not included as part of the vision proposed. Implementation also considers monitoring, funding, and documenting resource and operational concerns.
Contact UsIf you have questions, please email Emily Buhr, Outdoor Recreation Planner or call her at (907) 683-6242
Last updated: October 7, 2019