Welcome to the Jonesville Public Use Area (JPUA) website. The purpose of this site is to learn about the JPUA.
The JPUA is a legislatively designated Public Use Area (AS 41.23.280 — 41.23.289) established in 2017. Like other public use areas in the state, it was set aside to protect, maintain, enhance, and perpetuate the year-round recreation and to protect and maintain fish and wildlife habitat so that the public may continue to enjoy traditional uses of the Jonesville Public Use Area. The JPUA provides opportunities for the public to enjoy the area through a full spectrum of public uses, including the maintenance and enhancement of off-road vehicle and nonmotorized recreational opportunities while allowing continued mineral exploration and development, and motorized access to private property. The JPUA consists of approximately 14,614 acres of state-owned lands located off the Jonesville Mine Road in Sutton, AK, off the Glenn Highway. The majority of the JPUA lies within another legislatively designated area, the Matanuska Valley Moose Range.
The enabling legislation of the JPUA call for the development of a management plan for the area. The department has not begun this effort; however, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has developed a plan .