On Tuesday, 6:00 pm, February 5, 2012, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will decide the future of our community. If they pass the Jim Creek Parcel “Motorized” Master Plan, most of us locals are locked out. The 20-some, 12,000-plus strong statewide motorized sports organizations have shown that they trump those of us who live in Butte. There is no economic benefit to our community of 6,400 residents. We do not need any more motorized attraction zones on our valuable private lands for the kind of venues that would be more appropriate in a private gravel pit
The Secondary Use for this parcel was determined to be Forestry in the Butte Asset Management Plan. This use is being bypassed to the detriment of existing moose habitat and for the benefit of creating a gravel pit for mud bog, rock crawler park, competitive motor sports and timed event venues.
Jim Creek Parcel is already being surrounded by a racetrack and the 208,000-acre Knik River Public Use Area (KRPUA) which was dedicated to motorized recreation. Jim Creek Parcel has been providing access to the KRPUA and party-spots for race fans and the “I-can-do-anything-I-want crowd. The most known and significant features for that crowd are “Thunder Dome” and our valuable dunes that have fallen victim to erosion by the “rippin-up-the-dunes” crowd before heading out towards Knik Glacier, while crashing and thrashing through numerous salmon spawning streams and other water bodies along the way.