Keeping the character
of the valley
No borough in Alaska has grown at a faster rate
in the past 20 years
Between 2000 and 2010, the Mat-Su Borough population increased by 58%! The forecast is for continued, steady growth. Some of the things that have attracted residents new and old are healthy salmon runs, working farms, and access to outdoor recreation. These are things we value and what make up the character of the valley. With all the people come their needs: schools, roads, waste and water infrastructure, maintenance services, etc. How do we balance what we value with what we need while managing expansive growth?
To make good decisions about the future and to sustain the character of the valley, we first need to understand what our lands do for us and how valuable they are to our communities. Farms, fish, trails, open space and clean water provide essential benefits to residents and are community assets, but how do you put a dollar value on them? Recent studies in the Mat-Su have undertaken to do just that: