Client: ChickaloonVillage Tribal Council

Matanuska River Watershed Trails Master Plan, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

Provide a plan with maps for working together with the community and local, state, and federal agencies, and rebrand the Matanuska watershed while developing economic engines to support it?

Working with the Chickaloon Village Tribal Council (CVTC) to develop a Master Plan addressing trails, trail heads, and recreation areas.  This document will address existing conditions and future development for these facilities located within the Matanuska River Watershed from Palmer to Eureka.  Working with PROS consulting who is simultaneously coordinating development of a Recreation and Tourism Plan promoting economic growth and guiding development of CVTC properties.  As part of our work on the CVTC projects, Luanne has prepared a simple yet effective method for assessing trail conditions.  Due to the expansive area to be covered, the collected data and information has been cataloged using a method that allows for quickly creating a needs assessment report.  This report can then be modified and adopted Borough-wide assessing and prioritizing trail work for land managers.  Site reconnaissance work was paired with existing planning studies to develop a plan that addressed trail conditions, connections and links, destinations, and land ownership.

In addition, coordination with agencies, public entities, user groups, stakeholders and landowners will be provided through a combination of GIS mapping, aerial photography, lidar and other collected data.  Future options for recreation areas and upgrades to the trail system include opportunities with many landowners including Tribal lands, Borough and State Parks, Federal Agency properties, and private landholdings.  Options for innovative management, upgrades and development have been introduced and will be developed as part of the comprehensive Master Plan which will address needs, identify new trail locations and activity routes, more accurately map existing trails, and identify ownership.  One goal of this project will be to provide and expand options for multiple interests, ages, and user groups.  As part of this project, establishing trails standards has been recommended to accommodate identified trail users and reduce environmental degradation.