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Borough seeks public input on Trails Plan

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 4:42 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) is updating its Trails Plan, and is gathering public feedback on a current draft.

Borough residents are invited to give their input at a virtual meeting on November 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Bryant Wright, Trails Coordinator with FNSB Parks and Recreation said, “A keystone of this whole planning process is reaching out and hearing from the public, hearing from trail users and residents.”

The borough wants to know which trails are important to the community. “With that, the borough can then look for ways to use resources or find resources to protect those trails,” Wright said.

This meeting focuses on trails East of the Steese and Elliot Highways.

The borough is hosting the meeting along with the Trails Advisory Commission. Wright said the commission is “a group of trail users with a lot of knowledge about trails in town, and they’re our steering committee for this whole process.”

A process which, according to Wright, doesn’t happen often. “We’ve had a few minor updates, just additions of single trails to include in the plan over the years, but this is the first major comprehensive update of the plan that we’ve done in almost 40 years now.”

After collecting public feedback, the borough hopes to have a draft of the final plan by March of next year.

The public can also submit comments online. Comments about trails on the west side of the borough will be taken until December 1st, and the east side of town will be open for comment until January 1.

A link to the public meeting can be found here.

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