A series of public meetings will be held this week in the Bristol Bay region to gather public comments about a rewrite of the Bristol Bay Area Plan.
As part of a legal settlement the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has agreed to make changes to the 2005 Bristol Bay area Plan. The changes were rolled out earlier this year and DNR is accepting public comments until May 6th.
As part of the process to get the input of the public DNR is hosting some public meetings this week. The first will be Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 3 in Kokhanok in the Old School. Another public meeting will be held Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 in Non Dalton in the Tribal Council Community Building. On Thursday a public meeting will be held from 5 until 8 in New Stuyahok in the Traditional Council Community Building. On Friday the final confirmed public meeting will be held in the Dillingham Middle School from 6 until 9-pm.
As part of the public meetings staff with DNR will discuss the proposed amendments to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan and will be available to answer the questions of area residents. The area plan is how DNR makes land use classifications for state land and many area residents believe the changes made in the 2005 area plan were done in an effort to facilitate mining in the region, including the controversial Pebble Mine.