Last Update, Thursday, March 6, 2014
East Hatcher Pass Management Area reopens to snowmobiles
(Palmer, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that effective immediately, the east side of Hatcher Pass is reopened to snowmobiles. Temperatures have fallen below freezing again solidifying the base layer. Upwards of 15 inches of new snow has fallen over the past two days. As a result, the snowpack is once again sufficient to protect underlying vegetation.
Recreationists are strongly urged to be avalanche-aware as the new snow layer may become unstable throughout the area.
Please remember that snowmobiles must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles to legally operate on public land. (3/6/2014)
Alaska Historical Commission to meet April 2-3 in Juneau
(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday, April 2-3, in the Gastineau Room at the Baranof Hotel, located at 127 N. Franklin Street in Juneau. The meeting is open to the public and will begin on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and on Thursday at 9 a.m.
Agenda items for the meeting include review of requests for funds from the Alaska Anniversaries Commemoration Grant Program, review of three applications to name geographic features in the state, and discussion of plans for Cold War and geographic names conferences.
Any person or group wishing to address the members of the commission on matters relating to history, archaeology, or historic preservation is invited to participate in the public comment session at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Copies of the preliminary meeting agenda are available and can be requested by calling the Office of History and Archaeology at 907-269-8721, sending an email to email@example.com or sending a request in writing to the Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565. More information about the commission is available at the OHA website at www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha/index.htm. (3/4/2014)
2014 Recreational Trails Grants tentatively approved for funding
The following Recreational Trails Program projects have been tentatively approved by the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and are subject to final approval from the Federal Highways Administration.
Trail Gate: Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation/ Northern: A grant for $14,644, will fund the purchase and installation of locking gates at: Compeau Trail, Stiles Creek Trail System (3 gates), Mastodon Trail, Granite Tors, Lower Chena Dome, Angel Rocks and Angel Creek Tail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Temporarily closing these locking gates during spring break-up will help protect natural resources, decrease maintenance costs, and reduce trail degradation. They may also be used to temporary close the trail for management or public safety reasons.
Tanana Lakes Trail: Phase III Fairbanks North Star Borough, Dept. of Parks and Recreation: A grant for $50,000 will fund the FNSB to construct a 2,000ft section of non-motorized trail within the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area. This portion of trail will be constructed of gravel and recycled asphalt pavement and will follow the shoreline of Goose Island providing vistas of the non-motorized lake which is managed for swimming, paddling and birding.
Fairbanks Dog Park Inc.: A grant for $30,000 will construct an additional 500 foot long trail loop at the Fairbanks dog park, smooth frost heaves in the existing trail and link the existing fenced training area to the existing trail. One trail link will include a culvert to convey seasonal runoff.
Point Bridget Trail Restoration: Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation/ Southeast: A grant for $36,712, will fund a project to repair and reclaim 3/4 mile of heavily damaged sections of the Point Bridget Trail, improving access to three of the most popular public use cabins on the Juneau road system. Grant funding is necessary to provide contract labor, gravel, helicopter time, lumber, and subsistence food for remote spike camps.
Eyak Mountain: Copper River Watershed Project: The Copper River Watershed Project will utilize $17,781.19 in grant funds to complete restoration of the Eyak Mountain Trail, an historic trail originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. Work will consist of finishing establishment of 487' of new trail bed sections in a public right of way (in summer 2013 the CRWP began moving this trail section from private lots to public ROW) and installing 656 linear feet of "step and run" board walk in boggy muskeg meadows to protect these wetlands areas. This one-mile trail connects with a 16-mile network of Cordova area trails.
Upper Dewey Lake Trails Restoration: The Municipality of Skagway: A grant for $49,996 will fund this project which is part of a multi-phase process of restoring the Upper Dewey Lake Trail as well as performing deferred repairs to remedy rutted and dangerous sections of the trail bed. The proposed reconstruction will restore safe footing and ease of maintenance.
North Fork Parking lot: Snomads, Inc.: A grant for $50,000 will fund this project to construct a 1.4 acre parking lot on State Land at the beginning of the multi-use North Fork Trail and adjacent to North Fork Road. This well-used trail accesses prime recreation and hunting areas on the lower Kenai Peninsula. Developing a parking area at this trailhead will increase public access to these resources, and will prevent environmental degradation and adjacent landowner conflicts by establishing sufficient legal parking for all users.
Water Hole and Straight-in Trail: Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers: A grant for $8,373.40 will fund this project to fill in trail bed washouts, repair and improve drainage and trail tread on Waterhole and Straight-In trails.
Track Loader purchase: Tsalteshi Trails: Tsalteshi Trails Association has constructed over 20 kilometers of trails on approximately 400 acres of land owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. There is no more room for major trail construction and now the trails association is tasked with repairing and improving the existing trail system. A grant for $50,000 will fund the purchase of a skid steer (compact track loader) with available attachments will enable the organization to mow, mulch, grade, set posts for signs, move downed trees, improve drainage, and landscape, etc. during the summer and move snow and break up frost heaves in the winter.
Restoring Kachemak Bay Interpretive Trails: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: A grant for $49,989 will fund this project to restore 443 feet of heavily-used trail at the Peterson Bay Field Station by brushing trail, clearing, and removing large stumps and roots, and re-routing 170 feet of the trail to higher ground. It will also improve 1,190 feet of trail at the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center so that it is more accessible to young children, mildly impaired individuals, and senior citizens. It will also involve building puncheons and boardwalk at each location in designated spots on the trail.
Lookout Mountain Maintenance Building: Kachemak Nordic Ski Club: A grant for $30,000 will allow Kachemak Nordic Ski Club members and volunteers to complete phase II of the Lookout Mountain Maintenance Building which was constructed at the Lookout Mt. trailhead, with support from a 2013 RTP grant. Phase II improvements will include electrical, heating, insulation, exterior siding, interior sheetrock, workbenches and shelving, chairs, fuel tank installation, shed roof addition, seeding, bollards, a short connector trail between the building and the existing trail system, and a trailhead kiosk.
YRC North Peninsula Trail Maintenance: Youth Restoration Corps: A grant for $46,569 will allow Youth Restoration Corps crews of six high school aged youth (16 to 19) to work under the supervision of YRC adult leaders with the planned project oversight of North Peninsula Recreation service area to provide needed repair on existing trails. This collective effort will include placement of signs developed by Nikiski High School students, trail brush clearing, gravel placement, and drainage improvement.
Willow Grooming Equipment: Willow Area Community Organization: Grant funding of $49,096.38 will allow WACO to purchase an hydraulic, multi-bladed snow groomer/drag and a front blade assembly including all attachments for use with a Willow Trail Committee-owned Snowcat tracked vehicle. When this project is complete, the equipment will be used for grooming and maintaining the West Gateway Trail System in Willow.
Polaris UTV purchase: Mat-Su Trails Council: The Mat-Su Trails Council will receive partial funding of $4000 to help purchase a Polaris diesel powered UTV. The UTV will be used to support trail maintenance and trail construction projects.
Wide-track purchase: Montana Creek Motor Mushers: Grant funding of $12,000 will purchase a wide-track snowmachine to tow groomers on South Fork Montana Creek Trail. A new machine will replace a 10 year old machine and allow for continued grooming for the users of this trail system.
Palmer Bike Park: Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers (VMBaH): Grant funds of $50,000 will help VMBaH build a community bike-park within the Matanuska River Park – a place where cyclists of all ages and abilities can learn new biking skills and ride with confidence on all types of terrain. New trails will incorporate ideas from the Matanuska River Park Master Plan, which include a small pump track trail, dirt jump trail, and beginner-intermediate flow trail.
Fixing the Trails/ Denali State Park: Student Conservation Association: With grant funds of $41,021, SCA will collaborate with Denali State Park to provide a multi-week trail crew that will work to improve, harden, and maintain Troublesome Creek and Byers Lake trails in their most used and damaged sections. The crew will install an 80' boardwalk at TM 99+00 on Troublesome. Trail work will focus on tread work and will include drainage control, brushing, and rock work.
Fixing Mt. Baldy Trail/ Chugach State Park: Student Conservation Association: With grant funds of $47,670 SCA will collaborate with Chugach State Park to support the trail layout, design, re-routing, and repair of the extremely popular Mt Baldy Trail in Chugach State Park. Due to its popularity, the trail suffers from serious erosion and braided social trails. Funding will cover the cost for Interior Trails to do the layout according to federal and state specifications and SCA will provide a multi-week trail crew to begin repair.
Fox Trails: Matanuska Susitna Borough: With grant funds of $32,552, the MSB will construct two 36" wide single track non-motorized trails totaling 1.2 miles using modern sustainable best practices in the Matanuska Greenbelt on Matanuska Susitna Borough Public Recreation property. The trails will enhance and expand the existing trail network, provide connectivity to adjoining trails, and give trail users more options for dispersed recreation.
Girdwood Bridge: Girdwood Nordic Ski Club: With funds of $50,000, this project will repair and replace damaged bridges that are crucial for safety of recreational travel and winter grooming. The bridges were placed to connect the cross country ski trails in Girdwood, and now serve as a main trail connection within our trail system.
Historic Iditarod Trail repair: Friends of Eagle River Nature Center: With grant funds of $10,406, this project will support improvements to 3 miles of the Historic Iditarod Trail which are under the management of Friends of Eagle River Nature Center. Improvements include filling in and hardening low spots, replacing rotting boards and supports of existing boardwalks, and improving access in overgrown areas along the length of trail. To accomplish this, the proposal requests funds to purchase 50 yards of D-1 and Type IIa (3") gravel and rock, various sizes of outdoor grade lumber and hardware, and a "Billy Goat" BC26 Series Outback Brush-cutter.
Nature Center Trails: Friends of Eagle River Nature Center: Grant funds of $26,582 will purchase a Bob Cat Mini Track Loader MT55, ride behind model to help repair the trails leading from the Eagle River Nature Center. It is the correct width to do work on these trails and has a wide range of attachments which can be added: digger, backhoe, snow blower, trencher and many others. One person will be able to accomplish difficult trail work, including loading gravel and rock, digging trenches, and moving earth.
Ruth Arcand Trails: Anchorage Horse Council: Grant funding of $50,000 will allow the Anchorage Horse Council to continue its program to rehabilitate, reclaim, and enhance the multi-use trail system within the Ruth Arcand Park. This includes improving elevation, grading, drainage improvements, and the installation and compaction of high-strength geotech fabric and appropriate footing material in order to protect trail surfaces from future degradation, improve water quality, and to provide a safer, more enjoyable environment for all park users.
Napaimute Winter Trail System: The Native Village of Napaimute: The Napaimute Winter Trail Project will use grant funds of $49,720 to purchase wooden markers with reflective tape, locally made by Kalskag High School Vocational-Education students, to mark a winter trail from Crooked Creek to Kalskag. This will link the Middle and Lower Kuskokwim trail systems. The markers will enhance safe travel in marginal weather, and at night for recreational purposes, as well as for public transportation.
Kodiak Island Trail Signage Demonstration Project: Island Trails Network: Island Trails Network will use grant funds of $21,251 to purchase sign-making equipment and carry out a series of demonstration projects to begin implementing a uniform and cost-effective system of informational and directional signage throughout the 368-mile trail system of the Kodiak Island Borough. This is in keeping with the Kodiak Island Borough Master Trails Plan and will encourage safety of trail users, to encourage responsible trail use, and to more formally designate existing trails that may have obscure or conflicting names.
Safety and Education
Trail Academy: Alaska Trails: Grant funds of $18,200 will create a series of advanced trail trainings to trails professionals and volunteers around the state using the Alaska Trails advanced education curriculum modules. Alaska Trails will plan, organize, and conduct three separate trails trainings – one in Juneau, one in Fairbanks, and one in the Anchorage / Mat-Su Valley area. These trainings will each be several days in length and take place in the spring of 2015.
Trail Mapping and Public Education: Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation/Statewide: Grant funds of $58,196 will provide for a position to create and update trail maps within state parks for internal and public use. It provides funding to create Trail Guides for popular summer and winter, motorized and non-motorized trails and makes them available on the Alaska State Parks website. The guides will be two sided with a trail description on one side, and a map on the other. Trail descriptions will include trail mileage, elevation gain, points of interest, and special/safety considerations. One goal of this project is to create new park maps for all major park units (State Parks & State Recreation Areas) in a consistent style and format.
To obtain more information about the Recreational Trails Grant Program, please visit the program’s website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm, or contact Darcy B. Harris, the Alaska State Trails Program Coordinator, at 907-269-8699 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (2/24/2014)
Alaska State Parks Seeking Contractors to Operate Two Matanuska Area Recreation Sites
The State of Alaska, Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is offering an opportunity for a qualified entity to obtain an exclusive commercial use permit to operate park facilities at Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area and at King Mountain State Recreation Site. Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area is located at milepost 36.4 Glenn Highway and encompasses Matanuska, Canoe, Irene, and Long Lakes. King Mountain State Recreation Site is located at milepost 76 of the Glenn Highway and abuts the Matanuska River.
Copies of the bid packet and permit application are available on line through the following links:
and at the following Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation offices:
• 550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1380, Anchorage (Atwood Building)
• MatSu/Copper Basin Area state parks office located at 7278 East Bogard Road, Wasilla, AK 99654
(next to the Finger Lake State Recreation Site)
Proposals must be received at the MatSu/Copper Basin office no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Alaska Historical Commission starts grant program
(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission has $100,000 available for matching grants to plan and prepare for Alaska anniversary commemorations. The grants are for projects that will contribute to understanding the history and significance of the Alaskan event to be commemorated. Projects are encouraged for historic research and publication projects, restoration of significant historic properties, and heritage tourism development and information services. A grant request may not exceed $12,000 and must be matched with cash or in-kind services. Projects are to be done between May 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or delivered by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014.
Additional information and the application are available at www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha/index.htm. Copies can be requested by calling 907.269.8721, sending an e-mail to email@example.com , or contacting the Alaska Historical Commission, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565. (2/11/2014)
Kodiak State Parks Citizens Advisory Board recruiting new members
(Kodiak, AK) – Applications are now being sought to fill current vacancies on the Kodiak State Parks Citizen Advisory Board.
The role of the board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters effecting state parks in the Kodiak area. The board promotes the protection of the area state parks’ natural and cultural resources, and facilitates communication between the public and park managers. The board meets on a monthly basis from September through May. Members are expected to occasionally serve on board-appointed committees in addition to attending the monthly board meetings. Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year.
To apply for a position on the nine-member board, please use the form provided at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/advisboardapp.pdf. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 20. Applicants will be considered for terms beginning March and April. 1st.
The board is selected to represent the broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by the area parks. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the bylaws call on each board member to represent the broad public interest rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.
Alaska State Parks manages the following sites in the Kodiak area: Afognak Island State Park; Buskin River State Recreation Site; Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park; Pasagshak River State Recreation Site; Shuyak Island State Park and Woody Island State Recreation Site. The park advisory board helps park managers understand what the community priorities are in these parks. For more information, please contact the Kodiak District state park office at 907-486-6339. (2/5/2014)
Poems sought that celebrate Southwest Alaska, Mat-Su state parks
(Anchorage, AK) – The Poems in Place Project, a collaboration of Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book, and a steering committee of Alaskan writers and poets, this week issued its second public call for poems celebrating the natural beauty of Alaska’s state parks.
Over a three-month period, the Poems in Place Project will gather poems celebrating the Aleknagik State Recreation Site/Wood Tikchik State Park near Dillingham and Independence Mine State Historical Park near Palmer.
Alaskans are invited to submit up to three poems each – either poems written in response to the solicitation or poems previously written by an Alaskan poet. The deadline for submissions is March 15.
The goal of the Poems in Place Project is to install poems on permanent signs in state parks throughout Alaska. The first poetry installation in this series – the poem “What Whales and Infants Know,” by Kim Cornwall – occurred in 2011 at Beluga Point in Chugach State Park, with support from Homer writer Wendy Erd, Alaska State Parks, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. In September 2013, poems by Alaskan writers Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall were installed at Totem Bight State Historical Park near Ketchikan and poems by Frank Soos and the late John Haines were installed at Chena River State Recreation Area near Fairbanks.
“Poetry that celebrates Alaska’s natural environment offers Alaskans and visitors a powerful connection to our landscape and culture,” said Claire LeClair, deputy director of Alaska State Parks.
For submission rules, go to Alaska Center for the Books. To see examples of current Poems in Place signs please visit the Alaska State Parks website: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/poemplace.htm
The Poems in Place project is supported by Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, the Alaska Poetry League, Alaska Center for the Book, and numerous generous individuals.
East Hatcher Pass Management Area opening on Jan. 11 to snowmobiles
(Palmer, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that as of Saturday, Jan. 11, the east side of Hatcher Pass will be open to snowmobiles from the Goldmint Trailhead Parking Lot at Mile 14.5 to the Hatcher Pass Summit at Mile 19 of the Hatcher Pass Road.
The west side of Hatcher Pass, including that portion of Summit Lake State Recreation Site west of the pass will also be open to snowmobiles. The trail to the summit is a multi-use trail, so snowmobilers should obey the posted speed limit and watch for hikers, skiers and snowboarders.
Regulations put into effect in January, 2013 have affected the boundaries of areas open to the use of snowmobiles primarily in the Government Peak, Mile 16, Gold Mint, Reed Lakes/Little Susitna, Archangel, and Marmot Mountain areas. Where practical, signage will be placed along the revised boundaries. The changes are part of the implementation of the November 2010 revised Hatcher Pass Management Plan. Recreationists are encouraged to study the maps to become familiar with the boundaries which are illustrated in the map found at this link: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpassboundaries.htm.
Please remember that snowmobiles must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles to legally operate on public land.
Northern Region Ice Fishing Huts now available for rent
(Fairbanks, AK) - Alaska State Parks has ten ice fishing huts for rent this winter. Five are at Birch Lake near mile 305.5 Richardson Highway and five are located at Quartz Lake near mile 277.8 Richardson Highway.
These ice huts are constructed by the Department of Fish and Game and managed by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. They rent for $15 per day and can be reserved online at www.alaskastateparks.org. Those wishing to make reservations in person may do so at the DNR Public Information Center in Fairbanks at 3700 Airport Way.
The ice fishing huts measure eight feet by twelve feet. They have a wood burning stove and four fishing holes. All other equipment and supplies must be provided by the user. Suggested items to bring include; an ice auger and/or spud bar, stools or seats, a lantern or flashlight, a shovel, firewood (12 inch stove lengths), matches, fishing tackle and bait.
For more information on ice huts or public use cabins call the Public Information Center at 451-2705 or visit our web site at www.alaskastateparks.org. (12/19/2013)
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area opens to snowmachines
(Wasilla, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that the recent snowfall has allowed the opening of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area to the use of snowmachines as of Monday, Dec. 16. Park staff has determined that sufficient snow cover now exists to protect underlying vegetation in the park.
This does not include the area north of the Nancy Lake Parkway which is restricted to non-motorized use only.
For more information, please call (907) 745-3975.
Denali State Park opens to snowmobiles
(Palmer, AK)- Recent snowfalls allowed the opening of the entire area of Denali State Park to the use of snowmobiles on Monday, Nov. 25. Park staff has determined that sufficient snow cover exists to protect underlying vegetation in the park. This opening includes the Curry and Kesugi Ridges and the road corridor south of Byers Lake. Please avoid alpine areas that do not have adequate snow cover.
Remember, all snowmobiles must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles to legally operate on public land.
Poetry Reading in Palmer to Highlight Poems in Place
(Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to a poetry reading at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Alaskana Books in Palmer. The reading will highlight the upcoming 2014 Poems in Place program, which will select and install poems by Alaskan writers at two state parks: Independence Mine State Historical Park and the Alegnagik State Recreation Site.
Poems in Place is a collaborative project involving Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book and a steering committee of poets and writers to install poems by Alaska poets in state parks. In December, the project will begin accepting nominations of poems to be installed at the Independence Mine and Alegnagik park units.
During the Nov. 17 poetry reading, Alaska poets Anne Coray, Gretchen Diemer, Julie LeMay and David Cheezem will read original work and spend time in conversation with attendees. The event is free and open to the public. Alaskana Books is located at 564 South Denali Street in Palmer.
Information about how to nominate poems for the 2014 program will be available following the reading and distributed through public announcements starting in December. Alaskans will be invited to nominate up to three poems each, and the poems should resonate with either the Independence Mine State Historical Park or the Alegnagik State Recreation Site. The public may nominate either poems written in response to the project invitation or poems previously written by Alaskan poets, living or dead. A committee will select poems for the installations, which will be dedicated at the two parks in September 2014. An honorarium of $100 will be paid for selected poems.
The Poems in Place project began in 2011 with a successful collaboration between Homer writer Wendy Erd, state park staff and the Alaska State Council on the Arts to place the poem What Whales and Infants Know, by Kim Cornwall, at Beluga Point in Chugach State Park. In 2013, poems by Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall were installed at Totem Bight State Historical Park near Ketchikan, and poems by Frank Soos and the late John Haines were installed at the Chena River State Recreation Area north of Fairbanks.
Poems in Place is supported by the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, the Alaska Poetry League, Alaska Center for the Book, and numerous generous individuals. For more information, visit the Alaska Center for the Book website at http://www.alaskacenterforthebook.org/index.html
Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park management plan scoping open house set for Nov. 13
(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is initiating a planning process to revise the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan. The goal of this plan revision is to address the issues the park is facing due to changing patterns in recreational use and increased visitation, and to update recommendations for park management and facility development. Additionally, a trail plan will be developed to provide specific guidance for trail management and development in these areas.
To include local input in the early stages of plan development the department will host an open house in Homer. Please bring your lunch and join us at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer Wednesday, Nov. 13. The planning staff will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to discuss issues, gather information and learn more about current or future goals and uses. The public is also encouraged to complete a Recreational Use, Facilities, and Access Questionnaire. To view the existing park plan, fill out the questionnaire and learn more about this process, visit: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/kbay/kbayplan.htm
Written comments are encouraged throughout the planning process. The deadline for submitting initial scoping comments is January 31, 2014. They can be sent via mail, email or fax to: Kachemak Bay State Park Planning, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050, Anchorage, AK 99501, Fax: (907)269-8915, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (11/7/2013)
Proposals sought for operation of restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park
(Delta Junction, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is soliciting proposals from qualified offerors to operate the restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park under a concession contract. The contract involves operation of the restaurant and other commercial activities.
Proposals must be received no later than 4 p.m., Alaska Standard Time, on December 13, 2013.
Interested parties can download the Request for Proposal by going to www.alaskastateparks.org and clicking on the link under current events. The RFP has also been posted on the State of Alaska’s Online Public Notice System at http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=170055
Prospective offerors must register with Alaska Department of Natural Resources procurement officer Marlys Hagen to receive subsequent amendments to the RFP. Her contact information is included in the RFP. Failure to contact the procurement officer may result in the rejection of your proposal.
State Parks will host a pre-proposal conference on Nov. 14 at Big Delta State Historical Park to give potential offerors a chance to tour the facility and ask questions. The park is located eight miles north of Delta Junction at Milepost 274.5 of the Richardson Highway.
Interested parties with questions about the concession contract should contact Marlys Hagen at 907-269-8666.(11/4/2013)
2014 State Parks day use and boat launch decals available for purchase
(Anchorage, AK) – The 2014 Alaska State Parks annual day use and boat launch decals are now available for purchase online or in person at the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
To purchase the decals online, go to www.alaskastateparks.org and click on the sample decals to be taken to a secure site for online purchasing. The receipt from an online purchase may be used as a temporary pass for up to 10 days following the receipt date. Decals will be mailed the next business day after the purchase.
To purchase decals in person, go to the Anchorage Public Information Center in the Robert B. Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1260 or the Fairbanks Public Information Center, located at 3700 Airport Way. By mid-November, decals also will be available for purchase at Alaska State Parks offices around the state and three additional locations in Anchorage: the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, REI, and Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking.
Park decals are valid for a calendar year, from January 1 through December 31. In addition, the 2014 decals will be honored for the remainder of 2013, providing up to 14 months of recreational opportunities within the Alaska State Park system.
Day use decals are $40. Two day-use decals may be purchased for $60 when purchasing the decals for the same household with the same address. Boat launch decals are $75, but two decals may be purchased for $115 when purchased for the same household. Third and subsequent decals are $40 for day use and $75 for boat launch. A set of day use and boat launch decals may be purchased as a “combo set” for $100. All decals must be permanently affixed per the instructions on the decal and cannot be transferred to another person.
Alaska State Parks also issues a free camping pass to U.S. military veterans with a service-connected disability. The pass is issued for a two year period which began in 2013 and is valid through 2014. Camping passes are available at the Anchorage and Fairbanks Public Information Centers. To receive a pass, veterans must present a Veteran’s Universal Access card with “service connected disability” printed under their photograph, or a current year letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating the veteran’s disability rating and a photo ID.
For more information, contact the Anchorage Public Information Center at 269-8400 or the Fairbanks Public Information Center at 451-2706, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Applicants sought for Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area State Parks Citizens Advisory Board
(Wasilla, AK) – Alaska State Parks is currently recruiting to fill up to six vacant seats on the Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area State Parks Citizens Advisory Board. The board provides input on state park activities in 24 park units from the Copper Basin to Denali State Park, as well as the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Independence Mine State Historical Park and the East Hatcher Pass Management Area.
State park advisory boards are the primary method that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks. They provide a forum for the collection and expression of opinions and recommendations on matters relating to state parks and outdoor recreation; promote communication among the general public, other government agencies, and the administrators of state parks; inquire into matters of community interest relating to state parks and outdoor recreation; and make recommendations to the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on management issues.
Current topics of significance are the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Plan revisions, the Denali State Park Trails Plan and South Denali Project developments. Representation is most needed from the upper Susitna River Valley area (Trapper Creek/Talkeetna).
To apply for a position on the 12-member board, please go to the advisory board website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm. Applications can be submitted at any time but must be received by Nov. 8 to be considered at the Nov. 12 advisory board meeting.
For more information, please contact Park Superintendent Wayne Biessel at the Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area state park office at 907-745-8935. (10/31/2013)
Advisory Board Application
Southcentral state park advisory boards seeking new board members
(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for positions on five state park advisory boards in Southcentral Alaska.
Advisory Board Application
Seats are currently available on the Kenai River Special Management Area, Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay State Park, and Valdez advisory boards.
State park advisory boards are the primary tool that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks.
“Public involvement in state park management is important and the state park advisory boards help park managers respond to community needs,” said Jack Blackwell, superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound state parks. “Park advisory boards improve communication with Alaskans and give the public an opportunity to bring forward concerns and issues. Park advisory boards help us understand community priorities and enable us to work together on these issues.”
To apply for a position on one of these advisory boards, go to www.alaskastateparks.org Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31.
For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581. (10/7/2013)
Hatcher Pass Road closes for the winter season
(Palmer, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that effective today, Monday, Sept. 23,
the road over Hatcher Pass is closed for public safety reasons. This is the typical closure over the Hatcher Pass summit road that occurs during the winter months.
The east side of Hatcher Pass (Palmer side) remains open for recreational purposes. For more information contact the Department of Transportation at 745-3130.
Director approves SnowTRAC funding for grooming and safety
(Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approved funding for snowmobile trail grooming and for trail safety and signing projects after receiving input from the Snowmobile Trail Advisory Council (SnowTRAC), the statewide citizen advisory committee that reviews Snowmobile Trail Grant Program applications.
The SnowTRAC recommended funding for grooming projects in the Mat-Su Valley, the Kenai Peninsula, and Southeast Alaska, and the Northern Region at approximately 70 percent of what was spent last year.
“I agreed with the majority of SnowTRAC’s recommendations,” said Alaska State Parks Director Ben Ellis. “The one modification I am making is to allocate an additional$15,000 in safety grant funds not spent last year to safety and signing projects for snowmobile trails that are used primarily as transportation corridors, and which will benefit remote communities off of the road system.”
The Snowmobile Trail Grant Program offers competitive and reimbursable matching grants for developing and maintaining public snowmobile trails and related facilities and for safety, education, and trail signing projects. The Snowmobile Trail Grant Program’s Grooming Pool provides funding for trail grooming, signing, and maintenance. The program is funded with an annual appropriation by the Legislature, based on revenue from snowmobile registration fees.
For additional information regarding SnowTRAC or the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program, contact State Trails Program Coordinator Darcy Harris at email@example.com , by standard mail at 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1380, Anchorage, AK 99501, or by phone at 907-269-8699. (9/18/2013)
Kids Don’t Float School Program reaches 100,000 participants
(Anchorage, Alaska)—Alaska’s award-winning safety program for school children, Kids Don’t Float, will reach a milestone on Sept. 9 when it will surpass the 100,000-attendee mark with a class at Chugiak Elementary School.
Kids Don't Float is a statewide injury prevention program developed to address Alaska's high child and youth drowning rate. In a collaborative effort between several state and federal agencies, organizations and local grass-roots sponsors, Kids Don't Float includes life jacket loaner boards and educational programs.
The Kids Don’t Float School Program is a risk-based curriculum that uses dynamic, interactive, hands-on teaching methods to educate youth ages 5-18 about the effects of cold water immersion, the importance of wearing a life jacket, and laws pertaining to life jackets.
“By educating youth, we are empowering them with information that could be life saving,” said Kelli Toth, education specialist in the Alaska Office of Boating Safety. “Then, by serving as boating safety ambassadors they also help influence the next generation of boaters within their community.”
Alaska Boating Law Administrator Jeff Johnson believes the program is making a difference. The U.S. Coast Guard’s national observational life jacket wear rate study revealed that Alaska’s wear rate among youth ages 13-17 is now more than 60 percent higher than the national average.
“We hope that we are seeing the beginnings of a cultural shift in attitude about the importance of wearing life jackets when boating on Alaska’s cold water, said Johnson. “The kids that have been through our program get it, and they are sharing their discovery with others, young and old.”
While Kids Don’t Float classes were taught prior to 2005, the Office of Boating Safety began maintaining attendance records at that time.
The Kids Don't Float Program has become a model for safety educators throughout Alaska and the U.S and was the recipient of the National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Safety Youth Program Award in 2009. For more information about how to start a program in your area or to request a presentation or a class, contact Kelli Toth at 907-269-6042.
Access restrictions lifted in Chena River State Recreation Area
(Fairbanks, AK) —Due to the increase in cooler, longer nights and success from fire containment activities, the wildfire threat to public safety in the Chena River State Recreation Area has been reduced. Effective Friday, August 16, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is lifting access restrictions throughout the park. All trails, public use cabins, and access roads on the south side of the highway between Mile 27 to Mile 39 will be open for public use at that time.
Due to the dry conditions, the public is urged to err on the side of caution when conducting backcountry activities. The public is asked to maintain situational awareness as fire activity could be unpredictable and rapid growth could occur under warmer, drier conditions.
For more information on the fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3468/ or call 907-451-0597. For information about Chena River State Recreation Area, please call 907-451-2695. To report new fires, call 911.
Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center Closed for Season
(Anchorage, AK) - Spawning salmon have returned to waters in the vicinity of the Eagle River Nature Center and so have the bears that feed on them, prompting the closure of the Albert Loop Trail and its vicinity at noon on Friday, August 9. The trail and surrounding area is used by black and brown bears and their cubs at this time of year, using the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and using the adjacent brush and trees for cover. This recurring trail closure has occurred annually since 1997.
The trail closure does not affect the Iditarod/Crow Pass trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail. The Albert Loop Trail and vicinity will remain closed until further notice, most likely at freeze-up when the majority of bears go into hibernation. The trail re-opening will be announced.
Anyone recreating on an Alaska trail is encouraged to take appropriate precautions: be prepared to encounter a bear, and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter.
Public input sought for Little Susitna River boating publication
(Anchorage, AK) – Do you enjoy boating or fishing on the Little Su? If so, we need your help! Alaska State Parks and the Office of Boating Safety are creating a brochure for the Little Susitna River and we want your input.
Please contact Niki Acevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what you love about the Little Susitna River and what you think would be useful in a brochure that would serve as a boating supplement to the Alaska Boater’s Handbook.
Bristol Bay sailboat added to National Register of Historic Places
Libby's No. 23 (Bristol Bay double-ender - National Park Service photo)
(Anchorage, AK) – State Historic Preservation Officer Judy Bittner welcomes the announcement that Libby’s No. 23, a Bristol Bay double-ender sailboat at Port Alsworth, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Double-ender sailboats, used from the late 1800s until motorized boats were permitted in 1951, symbolize the legendary Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery. Starting in 1914, Libby’s No. 23 was one of the 1,200 double-enders with two-man crews annually fishing at the mouths of the five large rivers that enter the waters of Bristol Bay, which were often perilous for these small boats. Libby’s No. 23 is one of just three museum quality double-ender fishing boats known to exist in the region. It was part of the Libby, McNeil & Libby, Graveyard Koggiung cannery fishing fleet. Each cannery had a unique paint scheme and Libby’s Graveyard boats were “Libby’s orange.”
In 1953 the cannery sold the boat and it was used to move freight on Lake Clark. Restoration of the boat to its appearance while used for fishing in Bristol Bay began in 1997 and was completed in 2005. The boat is now on display outside the visitor center at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Port Alsworth.
The boat was added to the National Register, the nation’s catalog of more than 85,000 historic properties worthy of preservation, on June 14.
For information about listing an Alaska property in the National Register, please contact the Office of History and Archaeology by calling 907-269-8721 or by writing to 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3565.
Dena’ina fish cache
Historic Dena’ina fish cache added to National Register
(Anchorage, AK) – State Historic Preservation Officer Judy Bittner welcomes the announcement that the Wassillie Trefon Dena’ina Fish Cache standing at Port Alsworth has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The cache, built around 1920, is a one of the last examples of a traditional, well-crafted log cache in the Bristol Bay region. The elevated 9 x 10 foot structure is a hand-hewn, square-notched log building constructed without nails or spikes. The posts were specially formed to prevent small animals from climbing into the cache. The gable roof is covered with sod. Access is by a notched log ladder to a platform then through a small plank hatch entry.
Wassillie Trefon’s peers acknowledged him as a master woodworker, as do the people in Nondalton today. He built log houses and caches for his family at Miller Creek, Tanalian Point, Old Nondalton and Nondalton.
The cache has been moved several times from its original location at Miller Creek and restored to look as it did originally. The cache now sits in a clearing outside the Lake Clark National Park and Preserver visitor center, adjacent to a Dena’ina fish drying rack.
The cache was added to the National Register, the nation’s catalog of more than 85,000 historic properties worthy of preservation, on June 5.
Matanuska Colony farmhouse added to National Register
(Anchorage, AK) – State Historic Preservation Officer Judy Bittner welcomes the announcement that the Campbell House, an original Matanuska Colony farmhouse built in 1935, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The farmhouse, located south of Palmer on Inner Springer Loop Road, is a rare example of an intact frame-built home from the colony period that still has historical and physical integrity. It joins more than 15 other Colony properties already listed on the Register, according to Bittner.
Campbell House – DNR photo
The house gets its name from George and Onabelle Campbell of Michigan, who drew Lot 54 in the lottery held for colonists to receive farm sites. The Campbells moved into the house in 1935 but left the project that first winter. In 1938, William and Lulubelle Bouwens and eight of their 11 children moved to the farm after a fire destroyed their house on Lot 53. They kept cows, chickens, pigs, geese, sheep and turkeys, and had a big vegetable garden. They sold produce and eggs – the log chicken coop still stands behind the house.
The Bouwens family recently sold the Campbell House to Darrin and Sheri Hamming. Using the historic preservation tax credit program, the couple rehabilitated the house for use as a bed and breakfast.
The Campbell House was added to the National Register – the nation’s catalog of more than 85,000 historic properties worthy of preservation – on April 3.
For information about listing an Alaska property in the National Register, please contact the Office of History and Archaeology by calling 907-269-8721. The office address is 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3565.
New regulations implemented for Hatcher Pass Management Area
(Palmer, AK) -- New regulations regarding public use of the Hatcher Pass Management Area will go into effect on Jan. 20. These regulations implement the revisions to the Hatcher Pass Management Plan adopted in 2010, and they address safety and crowding issues in an increasingly popular winter recreation area. Both the revised plan and new regulations were adopted after extensive public input.
The new regulations revise the boundaries of areas open to snowmobiles, primarily in the Government Peak, Mile 16, Gold Mint, Reed Lakes/Little Susitna, Archangel, and Marmot Mountain areas. The new regulations also prevent the discharge of firearms within a quarter-mile of roads and require campers to camp in designated areas or at least quarter-mile from roads and trails.
The proposed new regulations are available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/hottopics/11-AAC96-014/index.cfm. Recreationists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new snowmobile boundaries, which are illustrated in the map found at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpassboundaries.htm.
Where practical, signage will be placed along the revised boundaries. In addition, boundary maps will be posted at major trailheads at Hatcher Pass, and are available at the Mat-Su Area State Parks Headquarters, at 7278 East Bogard Road, in Wasilla, or at the DNR Public Information Center in the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave, in Anchorage.
Current snowmobile opening information is posted on the Snow Reports link on the Alaska State Parks website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks.
“We want to remind winter enthusiasts that poor snow conditions this winter have prevented the east side of Hatcher Pass from being opened to snowmobile use,” said Park Superintendent Wayne Biessel.
“The east side remains closed to snowmobile use until the snowpack is sufficient to protect the underlying vegetation. However, this could change rapidly with another storm since we are approaching the adequate snow depth after recent snow events,”Biessel said.
To ask about the new regulations, contact Biessel at email@example.com or call him at 745-8950. For information regarding the Government Peak area, contact the Mat-Su Borough at 745-9578.
Updated information about the new regulations will be posted at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpassboundaries.htm
Alaskan teens take leadership role in boating safety education
(Anchorage, AK) – Teens are helping shape a safer boating culture in Alaska through their leadership in the Kids Don’t Float Peer Educator Program. For their efforts during the 2012 school year, 10 high schools received awards from the Alaska Office of Boating Safety.
The Kids Don’t Float Peer Educator Program provides potentially life-saving information to high school students who, in turn, pass on lessons to younger children. This fun, interactive approach focuses on prevention, survival in cold waters, the life-saving edge provided by life jackets, and other smart boating practices.
Naukati School on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska earned the Boating Safety Office’s Gold Award for 2012. The Naukati Peer Educators built a life jacket loaner board at the community dock, traveled to neighboring schools to teach the Kids Don’t Float curriculum, and served as boating safety ambassadors in Craig at the annual Kids Fishing Day event.
“This program created young leaders out of my students,” said Kim Hoover, teacher at Naukati School. “They were empowered by leading activities for other young people from across the island and beyond. Kids Don’t Float is a keeper; I hope it continues to grow throughout the state.”
The following high schools received the Silver Award:
- Chugiak High School
- Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School (Savoonga)
- Barrow High School
The following schools received the Bronze Award:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center (Anchorage)
- Ninilchick School
- Nome Beltz Junior/Senior High School
- Klukwan School
- Susan B. English School (Seldovia)
- Martin L. Olson School (Golovin)
“The goal is to encourage teens to lead, make a positive change in their community, and positively influence the boating culture,” said Kelli Toth, education specialist with the Office of Boating Safety. “By passing on the information, the teenagers reinforce it in their own minds, and they are successful at catching and holding the attention of the younger kids.”
For more information about the Kids Don’t Float Schools Program, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/kdfedupage.htm or contact Kelli Toth at 269-6042 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kachemak Bay State Park helicopter skiing decision postponed
(Soldotna, AK) – A decision on whether helicopter skiing should be allowed in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park has been postponed.
The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation recently received multiple applications to operate commercial helicopter skiing ventures in the state park and state wilderness park and solicited public comment on whether this activity should be permitted. More than 3,000 comments were submitted during the 30-day period.
ldquo;The division received a broad range of comments on whether to permit commercial helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. The comments were thoughtful and show that people are very passionate about this special area,” said Ben Ellis, Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. “This is an issue that will require careful and thorough evaluation to determine if it is compatible with the legislation that created the park. Beginning in 2013, the division is planning to start a revision of the 1995 park management plan and this issue will be evaluated and addressed as part of that process along with other activities that affect the park.”
For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.
DNR develops boating safety checklist for boat rental vendors
(Anchorage, AK) – The vast majority of Alaska's boating fatalities are due to drowning that follows a sudden capsizing, swamping or fall overboard into cold water. Typically, the victim is not wearing a life jacket. To date, five of the 13 fatalities this year in Alaska involved rental boats and seven of the victims were non-residents.
In response, the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, housed within the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), has developed a Watercraft Rental Orientation checklist that includes key safety messages addressing the highest risks to boaters in Alaska. The checklist is available to any boat rental companies, organizations or individuals interested in conducting orientations prior to renting or loaning a boat.
"We hope that this initiative will help reduce fatalities and enhance enjoyment on Alaska's waterways," said Ben Ellis, DPOR director.
From now on, the division is asking all vendors approved to rent boats in state park units to provide a watercraft safety orientation to all watercraft renters and passengers and document the renters' understanding of the orientation. Some vendors in state park units already provide such orientations on a voluntary basis, but in 2013, the orientations will be required as a permit stipulation. The orientation can be identical to or more stringent than the checklist developed by the Office of Boating Safety.
The Watercraft Rental Orientation is available on the Office of Boating Safety website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating. For print copies, contact the Office of Boating Safety at 907-269-6042 or send an email to Education Specialist Kelli Toth at email@example.com.
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
Firewood no longer supplied at roadside public use cabins in Chena River State Recreation Area
(Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska State Parks will no longer be stocking firewood at the three road accessible public use cabins in Chena River State Recreation Area. The three cabins are: the Chena River Cabin at mile 32.2 Chena Hot Springs Road (CHSR); the Hunt Memorial Cabin at mile 42.3 CHSR; and the North Fork Cabin at 47.8 mile CHSR. Out of the 13 state park public use cabins available for rent in the division’s Northern Area, these were the only three stocked with firewood.
Alaska State Parks has not been able to keep up with the demand for firewood, partially due to cabin users having outdoor bonfires. Bonfires put a big dent in the woodpile and leave the next cabin renter without wood. Furthermore, eliminating firewood at the three cabins along Chena Hot Springs Road will provide consistency throughout the Northern Area.
The Alaska State Parks’ Public Use Cabin information sheet provides additional details on the use of firewood at the cabins. For example, the information sheet recommends that renters bring firewood for at least the first night and advises renters that each cabin is supplied with a bow saw and axe for their use. Only dead and down or fire-killed trees may be cut in Chena River State Recreation Area. Alaska State Parks would appreciate customers help keeping the woodshed stocked for the next renter and advises cabin renters to bring firewood as the area around the cabins are pretty well picked over.
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
New Guidelines for Integrated Business System / Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (IBS/AHRS) Access
Beginning July 1, 2011 the Office of History and Archaeology has new guidelines for Integrated Business System / Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (IBS/AHRS) access.
Please see: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/ahrs/ahrs.htm for details.
All users must complete all the applicable forms found at the above web site to continue accessing the IBS/AHRS.
An OHA Litigation Disclosure Form and an AHRS Data Request Form must be completed for each project; the user agreements are renewed annually.
In addition, non-agency personnel and contractors are required to:
(1) demonstrate a legitimate business or research need,
(2) attend an IBS/AHRS training course,
(3) submit proof of completion of a B.S. or B.A. degree in archaeology, and anthropology, architectural history, history, or historic preservation.
Please note that contractors working for a federal, state, or local agencies are not considered agency users.
The IBS/AHRS Orientation Workshop is a half day training that is offered at OHA on the second Thursday of each month. For individuals outside Anchorage training is offered via the web as needed. The training provides IBS/AHRS users with the basic skills needed to effectively and responsibly use the digital and paper resources of the Office of History and Archaeology.
SnowTRAC Survey Posted
The Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC) needs your help to decide where your snowmobile registration dollars should go. Please take a moment to fill out the quick two page survey. Your responses will allow us to put grooming dollars where you, the riders, want them.