Formed in May of 2005, the Chena Flats Greenbelt Project began as a group of concerned area residents that joined forces with the Interior Alaska Land Trust to seek contributions for the acquisition of land and conservation easements within the proposed Greenbelt area. In May 2006, The Conservation Fund, on behalf of the Interior Alaska Land Trust, secured the first 84.9-acre parcel of the proposed Chena Flats Greenbelt. The property sits at the base of Chena Ridge, directly north of Chena Point Avenue and contains some of the most highly valued bird and wildlife habitat in the entire proposed Greenbelt.The parcel will remain as is, continuing to provide excellent range for moose and smaller mammals as well as nesting cranes, migrating waterfowl and songbirds. A long-used winter recreational trail crossing the property will continue to offer skiing, snowmachining and walking opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, the natural beauty of the property has been preserved for passersby.
In early July 2006, a second parcel was added to the Greenbelt by The Conservation Fund on behalf of the Project. The 91.7-acre parcel is located directly north of the first parcel. These two adjacent parcels totaling 176.6 acres will be reserved for continued trail use, permanent habitat for wildlife and undisturbed landscape. We appreciate the owner’s willingness to work with the Greenbelt to help protect this valuable habitat for everyone to enjoy for years to come.
In 2008, IALT received a generous gift of approximately 93 acres directly within the Chena Flats Greenbelt and containing a significant stretch of the historic Cripple Creek channel.
Please continue reading to find out the current status of the Chena Flats Greenbelt Project.