in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area
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- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (slan' uh)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Fisheries Participation and Earnings
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Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Slana stretches along the Nabesna Road, which runs south of the Tok Cutoff at mile 63. It lies at the junction of the Slana and Copper Rivers, 53 miles southwest of Tok.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Slana experiences a continental climate, with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes range from -62 to 91 °F. Annual snowfall averages 61 inches, with 13 inches of precipitation.
History and Culture
- Slana is a Native village name, derived from the river's name. The Nabesna Mine opened in 1923, which employed 60 people at its height. Over 30 different minerals were extracted from this site, although gold was the primary source of profit. It operated sporadically through the late 1940s. Slana developed rapidly in the 1980s when homesteads were offered for settlement by the federal government.
- The community is comprised primarily of homesteaders. The last location of BLM's homesite program, individuals received five acres of free land in Slana. However, the lack of road access to these properties has created conflicts between land owners.
- Indigenous Language
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Slana has road access to the statewide system via Glenn and Richardson Highways. The nearest public airstrip is to the south at Chistochina, but a private gravel airstrip exists.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection