We need your help!

Alaska Trails and partners are working together this winter-spring 2022 legislative session to secure funding for a number of Long Trail projects in the FY2023 state capital budget. Now is the time to voice your support!

Funding for the Alaska Long Trail

Since 2020, Alaska Trails and the Alaska Long Trail Coalition has identified and advocated for key Long Trail shovel-ready or planning-ready projects along the length of the trail. Partners and parties consulted included: numerous cities and boroughs; Alaska DNR (Divisions of Parks and Outdoor Recreation; Forestry; and Mining, Land & Water); Alaska DOT; Alaska Department of Fish & Game; US Forest Service (Chugach National Forest); Denali National Park; NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA); Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KTMTA), representatives of regional tourism marketing organizations and individual tourism businesses; non-profit regional trails organizations, user groups and individual trail users.

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The Long Trail concept has received outstanding bipartisan support across user groups and geographical regions. We are excited to see so much interest and enthusiasm. Alaska Trails and partners are working together this winter-spring 2022 legislative session to secure funding for a number of Long Trail projects in the FY2023 state capital budget.

Projects include:

  • developing multi-use (motorized/nonmotorized) segments on inactive logging roads (#2)

  • separated highway paths for safe non-motorized travel (#4)

  • upgrading winter trails for year-round multi-use (moto/nonmoto) access (#1)

  • building new non-motorized trails (#3, 6, 12)

  • improving winter maintenance and connectivity for motorized trails (#5)

  • building essential bridge connections (#14)

  • reconnaissance studies to identify links between existing segments (#7, 8)

  • existing trail improvements (#10, 11, 13)

  • wayfinding and safety improvements (#9)

  • building trailside cabins (#15)

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Past Funding Efforts

February 2021 - Governor Dunleavy included $13.2M in trail projects for the Alaska Long Trail as part of his proposed General Obligation bond, recognizing the value of this project for Alaska's economy.

June 2021 - the Legislature included $13.2M for the Long Trail projects in the capital budget

July 2021 - Governor Dunleavy vetoed the Long Trail projects in the capital budget, along with more than $300M of other capital projects, as part of still unresolved statewide budget issues. We want to commend the Governor on including the project in his proposed General Obligation bond, and we hope to see funding for the Alaska Long Trail this year.​​

Current Funding Effort

February 15th - Alaska Trails and partners have submitted 15 shovel-ready and/or planning-ready Long Trail projects to the legislature for inclusion into the state capital budget FY2023 (CAPSIS)

February 22 - May 15th: showing support for inclusion of the Long Trail projects into the state capital budget FY2023, including direct testimony and letters of support to legislators 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Write letters to Senators and Representatives by May 15th! 

Thank them for passing the $13.2M Long Trail funding amendment to the capital budget FY2022 and urge them to include the new set of Long Trail projects submitted through CAPSIS for FY2023 for $14.8M

Helpful Resources

 

Resolutions and Support

Numerous organizations, agencies, local governments, and individuals expressed support for the Alaska Long Trail in the past year. Here is the list of organizations, agencies, and local governments that have sent letters of support, passed resolutions, and provided direct testimony at legislative meetings in support of the Alaska Long Trail thus far.

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly

  • City of Seward

  • City of Nenana

  • Mat-Su Borough Assembly

  • Denali Borough Assembly

  • Anchorage Assembly

  • Girdwood Board of Supervisors

  • National Park Service

  • Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA)

  • Visit Anchorage (ED testimony to Senate)

  • Explore Fairbanks

  • Anchorage Park Foundation

  • Anchorage Trails Coalition

  • Roadmap to a Vital and Safe Anchorage – Anchorage Chamber

  • Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

  • Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation (MSTPF)

  • Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD)

  • Kenai Mountains – Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KMTA)

  • Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

  • Interior Trails Quarterly

  • Skeetawk, Hatcher Alpine Xperience

  • Single Track Advocates, Anchorage

  • Alaska Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

  • The North Face (Manager, Anchorage store)

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Several Alaska Long Trail projects have recently been funded and in some cases completed through federal grant programs and national outdoor recreation funding legislation. 

DENALI BOROUGH

  • Nenana River Trail

  • Antler Ridge Trailhead and Trail

  • Collection of Mile 231/McKinley Village Projects to improve pedestrian safety and trail connectivity

MAT-SU BOROUGH

  • Curry Ridge Connector Trail, Denali State Park

KENAI PENINSULA

  • Two key bridges completing a 6-mile segment of the Turnagain Pass Trail, US Forest Service

Updated May 10, 2022