RDC Comment Letter:
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
March 13, 2015
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve - GMP Amendment
Fairbanks Administrative Center
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Submitted via parkplanning.nps.gov/
Re: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
To Whom It May Concern:
The Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. (RDC) is writing in response to the National Park Service’s (NPS) release of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve General Management Plan Amendment, Wilderness Study Plan and Environmental Assessment.
RDC is an Alaskan business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.
RDC encourages the NPS to adopt Alternative A, the no action alternative. It is a policy of RDC to encourage multiple use of lands, such as mining (exploration, leasing, development), recreational, and other potential uses. RDC believes the no action alternative is the best option to advocate for multiple use.
RDC does not have further comments at this time, but thanks the NPS for the opportunity to comment and remain involved in this important planning process.
Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.