Completion of a Federal Land Management Agency – Long Range Transportation Plan

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SourDough News | October 4, 2012

 

Federal land management agencies in Alaska signing a multi-agency long range transportation plan.
Bud Cribley, BLM-Alaska State Director; Ruth Monahan, FS-Alaska Deputy Regional Forester; Sue Masica, NPS-Alaska Regional Director; Stan Pruszenski, FWS-Alaska Acting Regional Director. Photo by Troy Civitillo, FWS.

On September 24, 2012, at the Alaska Cooperative Planning Group Meeting in Anchorage, Federal land management agencies in Alaska signed a multi-agency long range transportation plan (LRTP) for Federal public lands for the state of Alaska.

The agencies, (U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service), together with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, completed the LRTP this year. 

The plan facilitates the strategic identification and prioritization of transportation infrastructure and systems needed for the next five to 15 years.  Public comments were received on the draft Alaska Federal Lands LRTP from November 2011 to April 2012.

While this LRTP does not identify agency projects, it has been developed to help Federal land managers make better funding decisions for transportation facilities that provide access to and within Federal public lands in Alaska.  This document will serve as a tool to collectively engage the various agencies on how they can work together to set statewide transportation priorities and leverage funds to meet transportation needs specifically for Alaska's Federal public lands. 

The plan was set up with an overall plan that was common for all agencies.  Each agency then developed an individual drop-down plan with agency specific transportation issues.

The final documents can be downloaded at http://www.akfedlandslrtp.org. Contact Marie Messing at mmessing@fs.fed.us for more information.


By Marie Messing, Regional Transportation Planning Engineer.