ANCHORAGE RALLY, NOV. 28, 2017

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION NOTES

OPPORTUNITIES

Our BIG backyard > connectivity

Missing Middle

Funding commitment

Youth Conservation Corps

Winter Focus

Gas tax dollars/multi use

State gas tax $ > trails like snow machine licenses for that user group

DIY maintenance

Growth of backcountry skiing/ski mountaineering

Hire more local talent

PROJECTS

Rail accessible hut systems; more Rec off the train

They hiking: Trans Alaska Trail, Denali to Tok

Crow Pass improvements

JBER partnerships (engineering, trail crew, etc)

Stewardship plan- NPS RTCA

CHALLENGES

Infrastructure Funding!

Maintenance funding! Condition of existing resources

Manpower

Signage (lack) and inconsistent sign standards

Dearth of campgrounds

Make it easy, less expensive

Who do we market to? How do we reach? Scattershot marketing/cohesive messaging

Travel-logistics-volatile weather

SOLUTIONS

Office of Outdoor Recreation - cabinet level/dept of economic development

tap into military bases personnel & tech expertise

AK Conservation Corps

Fed gas tax dollars

Build on strengths: skimo/fat bike/packraft

Hire more local talent

Package marketing concepts such as 10 Ways Into the Wilderness

AK Land Manager Forum - all agencies

Develop interconnecting winter trails strategy; small, nimble working groups