Established and Maintainable Access to Inholdings EA
The National Park Service proposes to issue right of way certificates of access to people with established and maintainable access to land holdings within or effectively surrounded by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
Access to State or privately-owned land in Alaska national parks is governed by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 1110(b), which provides that "the State or private owner or occupier shall be given by the Secretary such rights as may be necessary to assure adequate and feasible access for economic or other purposes." The environmental assessment evaluates the effects of the no-action alternative as well as the proposed program to issue the right of way certificates of access. (NPS Preferred Alternative).
Established and maintainable routes and methods of access qualifying for consideration in this EA are those that currently exist, have not resulted in unacceptable impacts to park resources and values, and can be maintained in their present condition and character essentially within their existing footprints. Examples of established access facilities include constructed and bladed roads, off-road vehicle (ORV) trails, airstrips, and waterlines.
Issuing right of way certificates of access to these inholders is necessary to describe and document their legal methods and means and to assure the landowners' or valid occupiers' their access interests. To protect park resources and minimize potential impacts to park resources and values, the NPS would identify these routes and methods of access, including the suite of maintenance methods and tools the inholder may use to ensure the surface tread is useable as intended.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 439
Copper Center, AK 99573
Attention: Danny Rosenkrans