Frontiers Flashes- News from around the Alaska 

BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council to meet in Anchorage

The advisory council is met in Anchorage April 26-27. Among the topics discussed was the Red Devil Mine Work Plan and Fish Tissue Sampling Program.

If you are interested in applying or nominating someone for this Advisory Council in the future, please contact coordinator Thom Jennings,, so when the application period is open, you’ll be notified. It’s a great way to be involved and provide suggestions on issues affecting BLM-managed public lands in Alaska.

Tangle Lakes Campground to be renovated this summer

Tangle Lakes Campground
Photo by Marnie Graham

This summer, the BLM is renovating the popular BLM Tangle Lakes Campground at milepost 21.5 on the Denali Highway. The campground will remain open throughout construction, but some parts of the campground will close while undergoing the renovations. Campsites are first-come, first-served.

"Right now, campers can park anywhere because campsites are undesignated," Marcia Butorac, BLM Recreation and Facilities Coordinator, explains. "The renovations will designate campsites improve roadbeds, define foot trails, and provide a new day-use area within the campground. They will also help to restore damaged areas and protect cultural resources."

Once construction is complete, the renovated Tangle Lakes Campground will become a fee site. Campground fees will be compatible with other campground facilities within the Glennallen Field Office management area. BLM will use 100 percent of the collected fees for enhancements including maintenance and repairs, accessibility, interpretation, and other improvement.

For renovation updates, please visit or contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at 907-822-3217.

Endurance Race returns to the White Mountains National Recreation Area

Participants at the starting line of the White Mountains 100 Race.
Photo by Craig McCaa

On Mar. 27-29, skiers, cyclists, and walkers participated in the second annual 2011 White Mountains 100 Race in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. The Eastern Interior Field Office worked closely with race organizers and other users of the National Recreation Area to permit the human-powered endurance race. Sixty-five racers, including 33 skiers, 29 cyclists, and 3 walkers started the challenging 100-mile loop with nearly 8,000 feet of elevation gain. All but seven racers completed the course. The success of last year’s inaugural event filled this year’s race roster within a few hours.

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

The President’s “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations” initiative encourages you to help us identify way to share and protect our natural heritage. BLM-Alaska is doing this through youth and families, partners, volunteers, and its programs, including Take it Outside, Move Outside, Iditarod National Historic Trail Centennial, Earth Day, and others. Help celebrate America’s Great Outdoors!

Joette Storm, President of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center, at the Science Center.

Joette Storm, President of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center, at the Science Center. Photo by Mitchel Veenstra.