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State Budget Funding for the Alaska Long Trail

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Credit: Bob Wick, BLM

Alaska Trails and the coalition of partners have worked on securing funding for the Alaska Long Trail through the state capital budget since 2021. We are thrilled to see the results of this work! 

3 projects were funded for work in Chugach State Park. Alaska Trails is the recipient for all three projects. Total of $1.434M.

7 projects were funded in the Anchorage area. Recipients were Chugach State Park, Muni of Anchorage (Girdwood Parks and Rec), and Anchorage Park Foundation. Total of $4.22M.

We are grateful to the state legislature and Governor Dunleavy for supporting these projects and recognizing the value of the Alaska Long Trail project for the Alaskan economy and communities.

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Winter biking on the trails at Campbell Tract. Photo by Bob Wick (BLM).jpg

© Bob Wick, BLM

History of State Budget Funding

FY2024

June - Governor Dunleavy enacted the state budget with the three Alaska Long Trail projects in it! 

- Eklutna Trailside Improvements

- Ram Valley - Reestablishing Access

- Indian Valley Trail Reroute

May - Senator Wielechowski submitted an amendment to include three of the submitted trail projects in the budget. The state legislature approved the amendment.

February '23- Alaska Long Trail Coalition submitted 14 Alaska Long Trail projects for consideration in the state capital budget.

FY2023

June - Governor Dunleavy approved $4.22M for 7 of those 15 projects!

These approved projects were all in the Anchorage area and provided funding for Chugach State Park, Anchorage Park Foundation and Girdwood Parks and Recreation. See FY2023 state capital budget.

May - The bipartisan state legislature passed its FY2023 budget to include all 15 projects we advocated for. 

February '22 - Alaska Long Trail Coalition submitted 15 Alaska Long Trail projects for consideration in the state capital budget.

FY​2022

July - Governor Dunleavy vetoed the Long Trail projects in the capital budget, along with more than $300M of other capital projects, as part of unresolved statewide budget issues.

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

February '21 - 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.

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