Park Condition Reports

Last Update: May 26, 2016line2
 

PARK OPENING DATES

Park Opening Dates

TRAIL REPORTS & PARK CONDITIONS

Chugach State Park - March 10

Chena River State Recreation Area - April 1

Denali State Park - May 24

Hatcher Pass East Mgmt. Area & Summit Lake SRS -
May 3

Kachemak Bay State Park - May 20

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area - May 26

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report

News Releases


New fees implemented at Lower Chatanika and Big Delta park units

May 19, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Effective May 26, Alaska State Parks will implement a $5 per vehicle day-use fee at the Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area and Big Delta State Historical Park. In addition, overnight camping at the Whitefish and Olnes Pond campgrounds will be $15 per night and use of the boat launch near the Whitefish campground will be $10 per day.

Fees for the use of improved boat launches and campsites at Alaska state parks began in 1987. The day-use parking fee program began in 1994 and has been implemented at most road-accessible access points and trailheads. However, until now, parking fees have never been charged at the Lower Chatanika and Big Delta units, and camping and boat launch fees at Lower Chatanika have not been charged since 2002.

The fees for parking, camping and using the boat launch can be paid at the self-serve payment stations located at the two park units. In lieu of paying the $5 per vehicle per day fee, visitors may purchase a $50 annual decal with an option to purchase a second decal for $25 for an additional vehicle registered at the same residence. These decals may be used at any state park unit in Alaska and can be purchased at the Fairbanks state park office , the Anchorage and Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers (via mail or e-mail), or online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/Passes.cfm.

The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area is located between mile 10 and 11 of the Elliott Highway and Big Delta State Historical Park is located at Mile 274.5 of the Richardson Highway.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


Alaska State Parks seeking information on Angel Rocks vandalism

May 19, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska State Parks is seeking information about vandalism on the Angel Rocks Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Angel Rocks is a popular trail located at mile 49 of the Chena Hot Spring Road. The trail consists of a 3-mile loop that leads up to several unique rock outcroppings. The trail is one of the most popular day hikes in the Fairbanks area.

Some of the rock outcroppings were recently vandalized. The vandalism consists of graffiti on the rock outcroppings and a significant amount of litter.

It is illegal to disturb, damage, deface, or remove natural objects including trees, plants, moss, rocks, gravel, or minerals within Alaska state parks. It is also illegal to litter in the state parks.

If you have any information about the vandalism, or if you witness a park violation during normal business hours, please report it to Alaska State Parks Fairbanks office by calling 451-2695. If you witness a park violation at night or on weekends, please report it to Alaska State Trooper Post in Fairbanks at 907-451-5100; the dispatcher will forward the information to park rangers.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


Celebrate Safe Boating Week with “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day”

May 19, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Office of Boating Safety invites all Alaskans to celebrate Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, by participating in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on Wednesday, May 25. The goal of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” is to increase awareness of the versatility and comfort of today’s modern life jacket designs.

“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” participants are encouraged to post pictures on the Alaska Boating Safety Program Facebook page or post them to Instagram with the hashtags #lifejackets and #wearit. Anchorage participants are invited to wear their life jackets and join the Office of Boating Safety from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the Atwood building courtyard located at 7th and E Street, for a group photo and the annual life jacket fashion show.

Governor Walker’s proclamation of Safe Boating Week issued on May 17 encourages all Alaskans to be safe while enjoying boating this season.

While boating is an important part of the Alaska lifestyle, every year some people lose their lives in boating accidents. Five out of six Alaska boating fatalities are a cold water immersion-related drowning, following a sudden vessel capsizing, swamping or fall overboard. Nine out of ten who died were not wearing a life jacket or were never found. For more information, visit PledgeToLive.org

“Most victims are adult males. Many could have survived if they had simply been wearing a life jacket. Even on calm, sunny, clear blue sky days, Alaska boaters of all experience levels should commit to always wearing a life jacket when in an open boat or on deck,” said Jeff Johnson, State Boating Law Administrator.

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety, located within the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, works to promote safe, enjoyable boating, with an emphasis on education. Resources for boaters can be found at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org

CONTACT: Kelli Toth, 907-240-6314, Kelli.Toth@alaska.gov


Kenai River state park advisory board recruiting members

May 12, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for positions on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.   

This state park advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations on the management of the Kenai River SMA. Members serve a three year term and typically meet once a month between September and May. 

To apply for a position on this advisory board, fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application posted at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm. Applications are being accepted through May 31. 

For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.

CONTACT:  Jack Blackwell, 262-5581, jack.blackwell@alaska.gov


“Let’s Camp America!” events planned at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area and Chugach State Park

May 3, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks is joining with other state park systems throughout the country to participate in the National Association of State Park Directors’ LET’S CAMP AMERICA! Initiative. LET’S CAMP AMERICA! is about promoting the vitality, affordability and accessibility of camping in the nearly 230,000 camping sites (2,500 of them in Alaska) across America’s State Parks. The initiative will launch Saturday, May 7 when state parks throughout the country plan to hold special events at select camping areas.

On May 7, campers can meet up with state park rangers at the Eklutna Lake and Bird Creek Campgrounds located in Chugach State Park between 2 and 4 p.m. or with park staff at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area north of Juneau between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In both locations park staff will welcome campers and answer questions about the recreation opportunities in their areas.

“LET’S CAMP AMERICA! presents an ideal way for Alaska State Parks to showcase our vast array of camping and outdoor recreation resources. Alaska State Parks is issuing an all-inclusive invitation to first time campers and camping enthusiasts to create their own ‘camping moments’ and then to come back often,” said Alaska State Parks Director Ben Ellis. “We want to grow a camping nation where unplugged family and friend time is the norm and where going online means baiting a hook.”

CONTACT:Claire Holland LeClair, 907-269-8702, claire.leclair@alaska.gov


10 artists picked for state park residency program at Ernest Gruening Cabin

May 3, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) - Ten talented artists have been selected for the 2016 summer Alaska State Parks artist-in-residence program, which runs from May through September at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park. This year’s artists are Joan Pardes, Patti Jouppi, Bruce Sink, Christine Fortner, Glenda Field, Rob Roys, Naona Wallin, Bob Winfree, Sandy Winfree, and Keren Lowell.

Participating artists stay for up to two weeks at the scenic and historic Ernest Gruening Cabin, near Amalga Harbor approximately 24 miles north of Juneau. Artists are asked to donate an original work of art inspired by their time at the cabin and to host a workshop or other community engagement. The first artist to participate in the 2016 program is Joan Pardes, an artist and writer from the Juneau area who began her residence on May 1.

Now in its second year, the purpose of the artist-in-residence program is to encourage artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also offers visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes of contributing artists. As Jim Leach, an artist during the 2015 program, explained, “The experience of the Artist in Residence Program was a highlight of our summer. The historic aspects of the cabin and surrounding area were wonderful. The surrounding scenery and the chance to meet (by chance) many locals from the surrounding area was interesting, enjoyable and enlightening. Everyone we met was inquisitive about the program and seemed happy we were there.”

More information about workshops and other events hosted by the participating artists will be announced over the course of the summer. Stay informed about this program and the many other exciting things happening at Alaska State Parks by visiting www.alaskastateparks.org or by following us on Facebook @AlaskaStateParks, on Instagram @akstateparks, and on Twitter @AlaskaStParks.

CONTACT: Ryan Thomas, 269-8692, ryan.j.thomas@alaska.gov


Seasonal trail restrictions planned for Chena River State Recreation Area

April 13, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) - On Monday, April 18, the Angel Creek Valley, Angel Creek Hillside, Compeau, Stiles, Colorado Creek, East Fork, Yukon Quest Winter, and South Fork trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area will close to all uses except walking. These closures will allow the trails to thaw and water to disperse without disturbance.

Alaska State Parks is reluctant to restrict any uses unless there are no other viable management alternatives. In this case, the benefits of protecting the state-maintained trails from degradation outweigh the inconveniences of seasonal restrictions.

The Angel Creek Hillside, Compeau and Stiles trails will reopen May 26 or sooner depending on conditions. The South Fork, Colorado Creek, East Fork, Yukon Quest Winter and Angel Creek Valley Trails are winter trails and will remain closed to motorized use during the summer. By design, winter trails cannot sustain use during unfrozen periods. After adequate snowpack is reached, the winter trails as well as all other motorized areas of the Chena River Recreation Area will be reopened to snowmachine use by director’s designation.

Gates at the trailheads will be locked and posted with signs during the trail closures. Alaska State Parks encourages trail users to respect the integrity of the trails so others may continue to enjoy them. It is illegal to tamper with or attempt to drive around locked gates.

Violations of the trail closures can be reported to Alaska State Parks during business hours at 451-2695. On evenings and weekends, contact Alaska State Troopers and they will contact Alaska State Park rangers.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov, (907) 451-2698


National Park Service to continue maintaining Sitka state historical parks

March 22, 2016 (Sitka, AK) - The National Park Service and the state Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation have entered into a cooperative management agreement for the Sitka National Historical Park to provide grounds maintenance and litter removal at the state-owned Baranof Castle State Historical Site and Old Sitka State Historical Park.

Due to FY 2016 and proposed FY 2017 budget reductions, no state funding is available to operate any of the Sitka area state parks. Because of the historical link between the Sitka National Historical Park and these two state historical parks, the Park Service has agreed to maintain these two popular areas for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors through the end of October 2016. Last year, the Park Service maintained the two parks under a similar agreement.

“It is critical to provide a safe and clean environment for visitors at the core historic sites around Sitka during the summer season, and we are happy to help the State of Alaska park system during these times of severely constrained budgets,” said interim National Park Superintendent Wayne Challoner.

“We are thrilled that these facilities will be maintained for another season and we are grateful to the National Park Service for supporting Alaska state parks and the community of Sitka,” said Mike Eberhardt, Southeast Area State Park Superintendent.

CONTACT: Mike Eberhardt, mike.eberhardt@alaska.gov, (907) 465-2481
NPS CONTACT: Becky Latanich, Becky_Latanich@nps.gov, (907) 747-0132


State seeks operator for Porcupine Creek State Recreation Site

March 16, 2016 (Wasilla, AK) - The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is offering an opportunity for eligible applicants to submit proposals for the operation of the Porcupine Creek State Recreation Site under an exclusive commercial-use permit. Operations will include maintaining the facility along with collecting camping and other fees. The permit will have an initial two-year term, renewable for an additional five years by mutual agreement.

The Porcupine Creek State Recreation Site is located near Milepost 64 of the Tok Cutoff near Nabesna.  The park includes 12 campsites, 2 vaulted restrooms, fee station, hand-pump well, bulletin board and fireplaces.  The park has been managed under a competitive commercial use permit since 1999.  There is no electricity, running water or public telephones at the site.

Copies of the proposal packet and permit application are available at the Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area Office located at 7278 East Bogard Road in Wasilla and at the Directors Office at 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1380 in Anchorage or on the web at 
http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/DNRPublic/parks/misc/rfpcomporccreek2016.pdf.

Proposals must be received at the Mat-Su/Copper River Basin Office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11.

CONTACT:
Wayne Biessel, 907-745-8935, wayne.biessel@alaska.gov


State seeks operator for Twin Bears Camp in Chena River State Recreation Area

March 7, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) - The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is offering an opportunity for eligible applicants to submit proposals for the operation of Twin Bears Camp under an exclusive commercial-use permit. Operations will include marketing, reservation, and maintenance services. The permit will have an initial five-year term, renewable for an additional ten years by mutual agreement.

The Twin Bears Camp is located adjacent to Twin Bears Lake in the Chena River State Recreation Area at mile 30 of the Chena Hot Springs Road. The camp includes 13 bunk houses, a dining and recreation hall, a caretaker cabin, and other facilities. It was developed in the 1980s to house and support youth working for the Alaska Conservation Corps program. After it was no longer needed to support the ACC program it was made available to reserve for group events such as family reunions and club meetings.

Copies of the proposal packet and permit application are available at the Northern Area Office located at 3700 Airport Way in Fairbanks and at the Directors Office at 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1380 in Anchorage or on the web at
http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/DNRPublic/parks/misc/rfpcomoptwin2016.pdf.

Proposals must be received at the Fairbanks Parks Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

CONTACT:
Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov

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Contractor sought to operate Valdez area state park facilities

February 17, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) - The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is offering an opportunity for eligible applicants to submit proposals for obtaining a permit to operate park facilities in Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site, Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site, Mineral Creek State Recreation Site and/or Shoup Bay State Marine Park.

The bid packet and permit application is posted at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/rfpcomopvaldez2016.pdf or can be obtained by visiting the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area office at 35931 Lou Morgan Road in Sterling and the Director’s office in Anchorage, in Suite 1380 of the Atwood building, located at 550 W. 7th Ave.

Proposals must be received at the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area office no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.

CONTACT:
Claire Holland LeClair, 907-269-8702, claire.leclair@alaska.gov
or Jamie Walker, 907-269-8703, jamie.walker@alaska.gov

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New fees go into effect for Kodiak area state parks starting March 1

February 4, 2016 (Kodiak, AK) - Effective March 1, Alaska State Parks will implement a $5 per vehicle day-use fee at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park and Buskin River State Recreation Site. Starting May 1, the day-use fee will be instituted at Pasagshak River State Recreation Site along with an overnight camping fee of $15 per night for up to eight people per site. The $5 fee can be paid at one of the self-serve payment stations.

The day-use parking fee program for Alaska state parks began in 1994 and has been implemented at most road-accessible access points and trailheads, but until now, day-use fees have not been charged at the Kodiak area state parks. In lieu of paying the $5 per vehicle per day fee, visitors may purchase a $50 annual decal with an option to purchase a second decal for $25 for an additional vehicle registered at the same residence. These decals may be used at any state park unit in Alaska. Decals can be purchased at the state park office at Fort Abercrombie, the Anchorage and Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers (via mail or e-mail), or online at
https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/Passes.cfm.

Alaska State Parks has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Kodiak state park district office at Fort Abercrombie to provide information about the new fees and answer questions. Annual decals will be available for purchase after the meeting.

Summary of new fees:
March 1, 2016 – Fort Abercrombie and Buskin River park units - $5 per vehicle day-use fee, or annual decal
May 1, 2016 – Pasagshak River - $5 per vehicle day-use or annual decal; $15 per site overnight camping fee

CONTACT:
Kodiak District Ranger Preston Kroes, 907-486-6339, preston.kroes@alaska.gov

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Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board recruiting new members

January 27, 2016 (Ketchikan, AK) - Applications are currently being accepted for three vacancies on the nine-member Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board for the term beginning in mid-February.

The board advises the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters affecting state parks in the Ketchikan area, promotes protection of the area state parks’ natural and cultural resources, and facilitates communication between the public and park managers. Board meetings are held monthly, September through May. Members are expected to occasionally serve on board-appointed committees in addition to attending the monthly meetings, and they serve staggered three-year terms so that seats open each year.

To apply for a position on the board, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm to download the application form. Applications are due Feb. 8 and should be sent to Ketchikan District Park Ranger Mary Kowalczyk at mary.kowalczyk@alaska.gov or mailed to her at Alaska State Parks, 9883 N. Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.

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. The bylaws call upon each board member to represent the broad public interest rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

State parks in the Ketchikan area include Settlers Cove State Recreation Site, Totem Bight State Historical Site, Refuge Cove State Recreation Site, Grindall Island State Marine Park & public use cabin, Black Sands Beach/Blank Islands, Grant Island/Joe Island, and Betton Island State Marine Parks. Park advisory boards help park managers understand community priorities for these popular destination parks.

CONTACT:
Mary Kowalczyk, Ketchikan District Park Ranger, 907-247-8574, mary.kowalczyk@alaska.gov

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Alaska Historical Commission to meet Feb. 23 in Anchorage

January 25, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission will meet in Anchorage and via teleconference on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Suite 102 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave.

The commission will review proposals for projects to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession.   A preliminary agenda is posted at www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha/index.htm.

Any person or group wishing to address the commission on matters relating to history, archaeology or historic preservation is invited to participate in the public comment session starting at 9:30 a.m. To comment by phone, arrangements must be made in advance by calling 907-269-8714.

A printed copy of the meeting agenda can be requested by calling 907-269-8721, emailing oha@alaska.net, or writing to the Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

The Alaska Historical Commission is the state board responsible for the state’s historic preservation program and coordinating the program for naming geographic features in Alaska. More information about the commission is available at www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha/index.htm

CONTACT:
Joan Antonson, 907-269-8714, jo.antonson@alaska.gov

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Kenai River state park advisory board recruiting members

January 14, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) - Applications are currently being accepted for three upcoming vacancies on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.

This state park advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations on the management of the Kenai River SMA. The people selected will serve from July 2016 through June 2019 and the board typically meets once a month between September and May.

To apply for a position on this advisory board, go to www.alaskastateparks.org. Applications are being accepted through March 31.

For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.

CONTACT:
Jack Blackwell, Park Superintendent, 907- 262-5581, ext 21, jack.blackwell.gov

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Trails advisory board to meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage

December 28, 2015 (Anchorage, AK) - The Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board will meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage to consider grant applications. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days in Suite 1270 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave in Anchorage.

During the meeting, the ORTAB will evaluate grant proposals for the Recreational Trails Program. The board will provide recommendations to the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, who will make decisions on funding for those applications.

To join the meeting via toll-free teleconference, please dial 866-918-8374, conference code 5569714090. Contact Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or darcy.harris@alaska.gov for more information. For special accommodations, auxiliary aid or services, and/or an alternative communication format to participate in this meeting, please contact Darcy at least two days in advance of the meeting to make the necessary arrangements.

For more information on the Recreational Trails Program, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm

CONTACT:
Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or darcy.harris@alaska.gov

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Alaska State Parks hosts First Day outdoor events in Homer and Delta Junction

December 23, 2015 (Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks is encouraging Alaskans to celebrate the New Year by enjoying the great outdoors in their local state parks. Area state park staff and local groups are hosting two free, guided hikes, in Delta Junction and Homer, as well as a guided paddling excursion in Kachemak Bay State Park. The events listed below are part of the First Day Hike initiative sponsored by state park systems throughout the United States.

1.5-mile roundtrip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Quartz Lake State Recreation Area
Date/time: Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Glatfelder Trailhead. The Quartz Lake State Recreation Area is ten miles north of Delta Junction and is reached by a three-mile road at mile 277.8 of the Richardson Hwy. Follow the signs to the boat ramp and park in the parking lot adjacent to the GlatfelderTrailhead. From there we will ski, hike, or snowshoe to the historic Glatfelder log cabin.
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum age for children: All ages
Restrictions: None
Things to bring: water, a snack to share, snowshoes/skis/ warm hiking boots and clothing (as appropriate)
Cancellation information: 907-415-2698

3-mile roundtrip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Eveline State Recreation Area:
Date/time: Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Eveline State Recreation Area parking lot. Take East End Road for 13.8 miles past the McNeil Canyon School, take the left onto Alpine Meadow Drive and go .3 miles to the trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: All ages
Restrictions: Please leave your dogs at home for this hike.
Things to bring: Skis/Snowshoes/warm hiking boots (depending on conditions).
Cancellation Information: 907-235-7042

1-mile Kachemak Bay State Park: Water Trail:
Date/time: Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Meet at the start of the Water Trail on the Homer Spit at "The Rock," next to the fishing pond.
Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 15
Restrictions: Please leave your dogs at home.
Things to bring: kayak and paddle, life jacket, snacks, water, weather appropriate gear.
Cancellation Information: 907-491-1355

For more information about the First Day Hike initiative, go to
http://www.naspd.org/initiatives-special-programs/first-day-hikes/.

CONTACT:
Mario Ayerdis, 907-269-8708, mario.ayerdis@alaska.gov

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Grants available for Alaska Treaty of Cession projects

December 11, 2015 (Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission is seeking matching grant proposals to plan and prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession in 2017. The grants are available for projects that will contribute to understanding the history and significance of the event. Proposals are encouraged for historic research and publication projects, restoration of significant historic properties, community projects and programs, heritage tourism development, planning and public education projects.

A total of $125,000 is available. A grant request may not exceed $15,000 and must be matched one-to-one. Projects are to be done between April 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or delivered by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Additional information and the application are available at www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/index.htm. Or call 907-269-8714, e-mail oha@alaska.net, or write to the Alaska Historical Commission, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

CONTACT:
Joan (Jo) Antonson, 907-269-8714, jo.antonson@alaska.gov

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Northern Area State Parks Citizen Advisory Board seeks new members

December 9, 2015 (Fairbanks, AK) - Alaska State Parks is recruiting to fill several positions on the Northern Area State Parks Citizen Advisory Board. Each member’s term is three years with an option to renew. Board members are recruited from the community at large to represent the various recreational, historical, and cultural resource interests in a balanced manner for the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

The advisory board fills an important role of communication between Alaska State Parks and the public. Most recently, the board considered issues including the proposed Stampede State Recreation Area near Healy, the Mastodon Trail in Chena River State Recreation Area, and year-round maintenance of bathrooms at highway rest stops. This year the board issued letters of support for funding through the Federal Recreation Trails Program, the Pittman Robertson Act, and capital improvement projects in the northern area. Each fall the board hosts a briefing for the Interior legislative delegation.

Board meetings are held September through May on the second Wednesday of each month at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources office, located at 3700 Airport Way in Fairbanks. The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13. Members from outlying areas can attend meetings by teleconference. The board welcomes the public to attend their monthly meetings.

Applications are available at the state parks office at 3700 Airport Way or online at www.alaskastateparks.org.

CONTACT:
Brooks Ludwig, (907) 451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov

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