Park Condition Reports
Last Update: December 5, 2016
Public meetings planned on proposed Lower Kasilof drift boat takeout
November 29, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation will hold open house meetings on Dec. 14 and 15 in Kasilof and Anchorage to review and discuss conceptual plans for developing a public drift boat takeout on the lower Kasilof River.
The conceptual plans are posted at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kasilof/kasilofboatretrieval.htm and the division is accepting public comment until Jan. 27. The open house meetings listed below will include a history of the project and participants will break into small groups to provide park staff with their input.
6-8 p.m., Dec. 14, Tustemena Elementary School, 58231 Sterling Hwy, Kasilof
6-8 p.m., Dec. 15, Atwood Building, Room 102, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage
The division’s conceptual plans entail a traditional boat ramp. However, every year between June 15 and August 15, the use of the ramp would be restricted to drift boat retrieval.
The division received legislative funding for this project in 2011 and 2012. Two top alternative locations for the boat takeout were identified subsequently through a public process. These locations are adjacent to the Old Kasilof Landing, a historic boat landing, and the division recently purchased the land necessary for building at either location.
CONTACT: Jack Blackwell, 907-262-5581, email@example.com
Albert Loop Trail reopened at Eagle River Nature Center
November 4, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – Effective today, the Albert Loop Trail located near the Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach State Park has reopened for public use. The trail is closed between late summer and winter freeze-up to reduce the potential for human-bear encounters.
Even though the trail has been reopened, bear encounters are still possible and trail users should take appropriate precautions. Be prepared to encounter a bear and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter.
CONTACT: Tom Harrison, Chugach State Park Superintendent, 907-345-5014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board
October 19, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill upcoming vacancies on the 15-member board. The role of the advisory board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters involving Chugach State Park, to promote protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate communication between the public and the park managers. The board meets monthly and each member is expected to serve on two committees.
Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year. Applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January 2017. The application deadline is November 23. An application form is available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/uploads/DNRPublic/parks/misc/chugachstateprkappv7.pdf.
Board members represent a broad spectrum of public interests and the nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the board’s bylaws call upon each member to represent all-encompassing public interests that are consistent with park purposes rather than advocate for a specific group.
Board meetings are held the second Monday of the month starting at 6 p.m. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending on project needs and deadlines. Current committees include: Access, Budget, Nominations, Trails, Planning, Seward Highway Design and Wildlife.
CONTACT: Tom Harrison, 907-345-5014, email@example.com
Bank restoration project gets underway in Chena River State Recreation Area
October 6, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Several hundred feet of eroded riverbank at the Rosehip Campground in the Chena River State Recreation Area will be restored this fall during a project involving Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The project will reduce a public safety hazard, stabilize the bank, and provide fish rearing habitat. The contractor, Moore’s Landscaping LLC, will install 350 feet of root wads, brush layers, and vegetated mat harvested from two trailheads where future construction is planned.
Alaska State Parks plans to close the Compeau and Mastodon trailheads Oct. 10 and 11 to allow material to be harvested for the project. The Rosehip Campground is already shut down for the season and its gate will be closed during the bank stabilization project, which could be completed as soon as late October.
CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698, firstname.lastname@example.org