Your help is needed to advocate for several Alaska Long Trail projects, including two Fairbanks-area projects, recently submitted in the state capital budget.
Spearheaded by Alaska Trails, 14 projects for the Alaska Long Trail were submitted to the state budget. Two multi-use motorized Fairbanks-area trail projects are on the list: Isberg 4-season trail and Equinox Marathon Trail (Parks Highway to Fairbanks via Ester Dome). Those were submitted by the Fairbanks Borough Parks and Recreation Department, which is partnering with Alaska Trails.
All projects together total $9.5 million. The Fairbanks-area projects come in at just under $2.5 million.
Alaska Trails is asking that people contact their legislators by March 10. If you support these projects, make sure to let your legislators know. Also, please let Gov. Dunleavy know using his feedback page. (Feedback comments are limited to 4,000 characters, but you can attach files.)
Find your legislator contact information here: https://akleg.gov/
- Don’t know your legislator? Go to the bottom right-hand corner of that page and use the box labeled “Who Represents Me?”
You can email, send a letter, or make a phone call. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Let them know:
- You are a constituent.
- You support one or more specific projects on the list (or all the Alaska Long Trail projects).
If you want to get a little more in-depth you can add one or more of these reasons:
- Trails help improve our physical and mental health.
- Trails give us access to natural resources.
- Trails give us a healthy way to socialize.
- Trails help the local outdoor recreation economy.
- Trails help improve the visitor industry by giving tourists access to “wild Alaska.”
- Trails help encourage tourists to stay just another day or two, which boost our economy.
- Once completed, the Alaska Long Trail will be a trail connection between Fairbanks and Seward used by locals and visitors alike. It will help bolster the state’s outdoor recreation tourism economy.
- While some sections of the Alaska Long Trail will be non-motorized, many will be multiuser motorized, opening up the trail to a wide variety of users.
You can find more information, including the specific projects here: https://tinyurl.com/97e6zmfc
And here is a sample letter written from an Interior Alaska perspective in Word and in PDF.
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