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Explore Alaska's Coast
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Explore the coastal districts

Participation in Alaska's coastal management program is voluntary. Coastal districts are offered powerful incentives to gain their participation. Incentives include the ability to formally participate in the state review of coastal develoment projects, and eligibility for federal funds that support coastal program activities.Currently, 33 of 35 Alaska coastal districts have approved coastal management plans in place.

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If you walked one thousand miles a year, it would take forty-four years* to hike Alaska's coastline!

Along the way you would have the chance to meet almost three quarters of the state's population, who choose to live in Alaska's coastal communities. You would also see industries like commercial fishing, logging, tourism, and oil and gas projects that produce over 80% of the state's economic product.

Your forays into coastal towns would be separated by long stretches of coastline so raw and untamed the pressures of modern-day life would fade and seem almost unreal.

What are coastal districts?

In Alaska, the Alaska Coastal Management Act (AS 46.40.210(2)) allows for the formation of coastal districts in areas that contain a portion of Alaska's coastal area. Coastal districts can be formed either by local governments or, in areas outside the boundaries of local governments, by coastal resource service areas (CRSAs).

Within organized cities or boroughs, coastal management is the responsibility of the city council or borough assembly. Local officials usually integrate coastal management with other planning authorities and may implement it through land use regulations and other local planning techniques. CRSAs give people living in rural Alaska the opportunity to affect the management of their coastal resources. However, the coastal management programs of CRSAs can only be implemented through participation in the State consistency review process.

*The Alaska Coastal Management Program EIS indicates that Alaska's coastline is 33,000 miles long. However with advances in mapping technology, we have been able to ascertain that the number of coastal miles is approximately 44,000. As Alaska develops a coordinated GIS system, we will be able to publish more detailed information.

 

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