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Keep Peede Trails Public

The Peede Road Extension area in North Pole, east of Brock and north of Repp, has been used for many years by the community for snow-machining, mushing, 4-wheeling, hunting, trapping, berry-picking, horse-riding, walking, cycling and skiing. This large, undeveloped, forested area (map) has variously been called the Chena Annex, Heritage Park/Forest, and Repp Forest, and contains an outdoor education site used by the School District in the 1980s and 1990s.

In April 2019, the Fairbanks North Star Borough nominated three large lots in the Borough-owned part of this forest for sale in fall 2019 (map). A group of Borough residents concerned about this sale has been researching, contacting other residents, and communicating with the Borough. Related events include:

  • A petition asking the Borough not to sell these three lots signed by 144 people (including 134 signatures on paper),
  • The Borough’s Salcha-Badger Development planning team (link) explicitly recommending this area for detailed site planning before any development,
  • A letter from the Borough’s Trails Advisory Commission (TAC) to the Mayor recommending that these lots not be sold,
  • A number of Citizen’s Comments at Borough Assembly meetings.

In early August, the Borough Mayor decided to withdraw the Peede Rd Tract from the sale and recommend it for retention for public use (see final Ordinance). This parcel was the largest (166-acre), and of most concern to residents. The residents group behind this website were and are very grateful to the Mayor and the Borough for withdrawing this tract from the sale. The two smaller (40-acre) lots adjacent to the Freeman neighborhood remained in the sale.

On 12 September, the Borough Assembly voted on the Ordinance, with an amendment proposed by Marna Sanford to withdraw the 2 Brock Rd Area lots (and the Pandora Tract). Both the amendment and main Ordinance were passed by the Assembly, meaning that the Peede Tract is now “retained for public use as greenspace”, and the Brock Rd Area lots are back to the status before their nomination. Thank you to all who supported this outcome.

The future status of most of the the Borough (and State) land in the Brock/Repp Forest area is still undetermined. If you care to keep it in public hands, please take action as opportunities come up. Check back here for updates!