Last Update: September 12, 2014
Kenai River state park advisory board seeking new members
(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for positions on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.
Writing workshops and poetry dedications in state parks August 30 and September 6 Events scheduled at Independence Mine State Historical Park and Aleknagik State Recreation Site
(Anchorage, AK) – Signs bearing poems written by Alaskans will be installed and dedicated at Independence Mine State Historical Park at 2 p.m. on August 30, and the Aleknagik State Recreation Site at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, as part of the Poems in Place project. The public is invited to attend the dedications as well as writing workshops that will be held at the two parks in conjunction with the dedications.
Trails Grant Program Increases Limit for Motorized Projects
(Anchorage, AK) –The Alaska Trails Program announces that the limit for Recreational Trails Program motorized trail projects has been raised to $100,000 from $50,000. Increasing the motorized trail project grant amount will help the program attain the required expenditure ratio of 30% motorized, 30% non-motorized and 40% diversified, and allow for more work to be done or trail equipment to be purchased for a motorized trail project. The limit for non-motorized and diversified trail projects will remain at $50,000.
Canyon Road Access to Chugach State Park Closed for Construction
(Anchorage, AK) – Vehicle access into Chugach State Park from Canyon Road will be restricted until approximately August 9 while the road and parking areas are refurbished.
Finger Lake State Recreation Site construction closure update
(Palmer, AK) – Effective immediately, the Finger Lake State Recreation Site Campground in Wasilla is closed for the rest of the summer due to campground renovations. The boat launch and day-use area will remain open, but no overnight camping will be allowed.
SnowTRAC annual meeting scheduled for Aug. 28
(Anchorage, AK) – The Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC) will hold its annual advisory meeting on August 28 in Anchorage. The meeting will be held, 8-5 p.m., in Suite 1270 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 W 7th Ave. The agenda will include discussion of various SnowTRAC issues as well as review of grant applications and trail grooming requests.
SnowTRAC consists of 11 members who are regionally selected from areas across Alaska. The primary purpose of the group is to advise the ddirector of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on funding for eligible grant projects under the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program. The Snowmobile Trails Grant Program is funded through legislative authorization to receive funds from snowmobile point-of-sale registration fees. These funds are used to support snowmobile trail development and maintenance, as well as snowmobile safety and education programs.
The public is invited to participate in person or via teleconference. If you are a person requiring special accommodations, auxiliary aid, or other special services to participate, or would like to reserve a free teleconference phone line, please contact Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or Justin Wholey at 907-269-8698 at least one week prior to the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.
CONTACT: Darcy Harris, Trails Program Coordinator, 907-269-8699, email@example.com (August 2014)
Fees for State Park Public Use Cabins to Increase
(Anchorage, AK) – Effective May 15, 2014, the fee for reserved use of state park public use cabins will be increased by between $5 and $10/per night, depending on the location and demand.
Alaska Boating Safely Handbook available
Anchorage, Alaska - The new addition of the Alaska Boater's Handbook is available online through the Alaska Office of Boating Safety Office or at the Department of Natural Resources Public Information centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
In a state where capsizing and falls overboard into cold water continues to account for the majority of boating deaths, the handbook provides practical and relevant information for Alaska's boaters on legal requirements, safe practices and how to prepare for, avoid, and survive a cold water immersion event. In addition to the two Public Information centers, copies of the handbook are available online at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org or by contacting the Alaska Office of Boating Safety at (907) 269-8706.
The Alaska Office of Boating Safety reminds boaters that by practicing the following safety points they can help ensure everyone has a safe and memorable adventure on the water.
• Wearing a life jacket is KEY to surviving a cold water immersion event. ALWAYS wear a life jacket when in an
open boat or on an open deck
• Carrying both communication and signaling devices on your person
• Completing a thorough pre-departure check before each trip
• Taking boating courses
• Avoiding alcohol when boating
Alaska State Parks begins planning for lower Kasilof River boat retrieval project
(Kasilof, AK) - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), has received project money to develop a public drift boat takeout on the lower Kasilof River to address increasing demand for such a facility on the popular drift-only fishing portion of the river. Currently, most boaters access the Kasilof at the Alaska State Parks public boat launch at mile 109.4 of the Sterling Highway; however, there is no publicly-owned exit point for boaters on the lower portion of the river.
In the first phase of this project, DPOR is distributing a short questionnaire to gain public input on where a retrieval site should be located, what criteria should be used to evaluate potential locations, and what type of facilities should be constructed. The questionnaire and additional project information is available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kasilof/kasilofboatretrieval.htm