Update: Cordova will participate in CRBAP scoping

Updated 2:15 p.m.

An online meeting with the Cordova public will supplement scoping sessions in other communities as the Department of Natural Resources tackles an update of the 1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan, or CRBAP.

The Microsoft Teams meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 was announced by Kevin Husa, CRBAP project manager for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The CRBAP boundary encompasses some 16 million acres of land within the Copper River Basin in the eastern portion of Southcentral Alaska.

Cordova, which is part of the Prince William Sound Area Plan, was initially not included in scoping for CRBAP. That changed on Tuesday, June 28, when DNR announced the virtual scoping session for Cordova and also a change in scoping session dates in Anchorage.

Participants can join the Cordova Microsoft Teams meeting for the two-hour session at cdv.tiny.us/crbap1 or call in (audio only) to 907-202-7104, conference number 1372822#.

A concurrent in-person meeting will also be held at the Cordova Center.

The CRBAP scoping sessions for the Robert B. Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage were changed from the evening of Tuesday, June 29, in Anchorage, to noon-2 p.m. on July 6 and also from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 8.

“The scoping sessions are just that, to learn about the issues and help aid in revision of the plan,” said Monica Alvarez, section chief for the DNR resources assessment and development section.

Most of the CRBAP is mountainous land with large glaciers, wild and scenic rivers and boreal forests. The plan will not include federal lands, university or mental health trust lands, borough or municipal lands, private lands, Native lands or other state lands withdrawn from the public domain Husa said.

Additional information is online at cdv.tiny.us/crbap2.