FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2013
Rep. Guttenberg Introduces Stampede Recreation Area Legislation
At request of area residents, Recreation Area designation helps continue traditional uses
Today, Alaska State Representative David Guttenberg (D- District 38) introduced legislation (HB148), to create the Stampede Recreation Area in the Denali Borough. A long-time request of area residents, Recreation Area designation will protect and facilitate continued traditional uses of the area.
“The proposed Stampede Recreation Area is surrounded by the Denali National Park on three sides; a legislatively designated Recreation Area will insure these lands will always be accessible by Alaskans and visitors,” Guttenberg said. “The landscape is stunning and getting out into it is a major part of the lives of Denali-area residents; we want our grandchildren and their grandchildren to be able to do the same.”
For decades, the area has been popular with hunters, trappers, hikers, fishers, ATV riders, sightseers, and other recreational and subsistence users. HB 148 allows these and all other compatible uses to continue. The bill creates a user-led management board, providing local control and oversight for the area in cooperation with the Division of Parks and Recreation of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
Creating the Stampede Recreation Area symbolizes the spirit of Alaskans to have access to state lands for generations to come. It was referred to House Resources and the House Finance Committees.
“Contrary to so many legal land designations these days, this is not a park or a lockup or a way to keep people out,” Guttenberg said. “This bill encourages the continued use of these important lands.”