IMPACT OF NEW HIGHWAYS UPON WILDERNESS AREAS

CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HIGHWAY THROUGH A WILDERNESS AREA STARTS AN IRREVERSIBLE SERIES OF MORE OR LESS PREDICTABLE EVENTS. HEALING OF THE CONSTRUCTION SCARS TAKES PLACE AT VARYING RATES, BUT CAN BE ACCELERATED BY CAREFUL CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES, SELECTION OF A ROUTE WHICH AVOIDS THE WORST PERMAFROST AREAS AND WHICH TAKES GRAVEL AND OTHER MATERIALS FROM CONCEALED SITES NEAR, BUT NOT ON, THE RIGHT- OF-WAY. THE GREATEST ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ARE CREATED BY THOSE WHO WILL USE THE HIGHWAYS FOR PURPOSES OF ACCESS AND EXPLOITATION OF A HERETOFORE INACCESSIBLE WILDERNESS. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THERE BE A COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN WHICH WOULD ALLOCATE APPROPRIATE AREAS FOR ALL ACTIVES. THE TAPS (TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE SYSTEM) HAUL ROAD MIGHT BE CONSIDERED AN EXPERIMENT DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THE TECHNIQUES BY WHICH A FIRST CLASS HEAVY DUTY HIGHWAY CAN BE CONSTRUCTED THROUGH THE SUBARCTIC FOREST. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Arctic /Canada

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  • Authors:
    • Jackman, A H
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 68-73
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue Number: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1973 12:00AM