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Last Update: December 17, 2018
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Ketchikan Citizens Advisory Board seeking applicants to fill vacancy

November 29, 2018 (Ketchikan, AK) – The Ketchikan Area State Parks Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the board. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide a forum to collect and express opinions and recommendations on State Park management and resource protection issues for the parks and facilities; including scenic, natural, cultural and historic features, park characteristics, recreational opportunities, and user conflicts. Ketchikan Area State Park units include: Totem Bight State Historical Park, Settler's Cove State Recreation Site, Refuge Cove State Recreation Site, Grindall Island Public Use Cabin & State Marine Park, Black Sands Beach & Blank Islands State Marine Park, Betton Island State Marine Park, Grant Island State Marine Park and Dall Bay State Marine Park.

The Board is comprised of 9 members 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, our bylaws call upon each board member to represent the broad public interest rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

As a member of the Board; you would be expected to actively serve on committees appointed by the Board, participate in events and attend the monthly Board meetings that are generally on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September through May beginning at 5:15pm. Committee specialized meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending upon project needs and deadlines.

Board members serve for three-year terms with a re-appointment option. Please submit your application to Natural Resource Specialist Aaron Ostby (aaron.ostby@alaska.gov) at the Totem Bight office or via email for your application to be considered for the term beginning in January 2019. Applications are available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/advisboardapp.pdf. The State Park Director has final approval authority to make the board appointment, if you are not selected, we will keep your application on file for one calendar year in case a vacancy occurs.

CONTACT: Aaron Ostby, (907) 247-8574, aaron.ostby@alaska.gov


Albert Loop Trail Reopened at Eagle River Nature Center

November 7, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – Effective today, the Albert Loop Trail located near the Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach State Park has reopened for public use. The trail is closed between late summer and winter freeze-up to reduce the potential for human-bear encounters.

Although the trail has been reopened, bear encounters are still possible and trail users should take appropriate precautions. Be prepared for a bear encounter and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter. Visit our website for more information on bear safety: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/bears.htm

CONTACT: Kurt Hensel, Chugach State Park, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov


Proposed Concession Contract for Arctic Valley Ski Area

November 21, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to review and comment on a proposed concession contract to operate Arctic Valley Ski Area within Chugach State Park. The proposed concession contract includes maintenance of the parking area, trails, and facilities in the area. The Arctic Valley Ski Area is currently operated by the Anchorage Ski Club (ASC), a non-profit. The proposed concession contract would allow ASC to continue to operate the ski area, and to continue to maintain the parking area, trails, and other facilities.

The proposed concession contract is being offered under Alaska Statutes (AS) 41.21.027. The preliminary finding required by this statute as well as the proposed contract are available on the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/.

Comments on the preliminary finding and proposed contract may be sent to:
Dan Beutel
dan.beutel@alaska.gov
907-269-8692
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501

Public hearings are scheduled. Comments may be submitted at these meetings.

Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Eagle River Town Center (same building as Chugiak-Eagle River Library)
Community Room 170
12001 Business Blvd
Eagle River, AK 99577

Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Atwood Building, Room 106
550 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99577

Comments must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Friday, December 28, 2018 to be considered timely. DPOR will consider all timely written comments received. If analysis of the comments indicates the need for significant changes to this Preliminary Decision, additional public notice will be given. If this Preliminary Decision and proposed contract are approved without significant changes, a Final Finding & Decision will be issued without further public notice. Upon issuance of the Final Finding & Decision, a copy of the final decision will be posted on the DPOR website and sent to anyone who comments along with an explanation of the appeal process.

Original Public Notice
Arctic Valley Proposed Contract
Arctic Valley Preliminary Decision


Alaska State Parks will waive parking fees for day after Thanksgiving

November 20, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – Vehicle parking fees are waived for the day at all parks managed by Alaska State Parks on Friday, November 23. Park visitors are encouraged to get outside and share their outdoor adventures on social media, and throughout the holiday season, by hashtagging: #OptOutside, #alaskastateparks and #akstateparks.

In Anchorage, Alaska State Parks will host an #OptOutside event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 23 at Glen Alps trailhead with Heather’s Choice, a backpacking food company that makes healthy adventure meals and snacks. Heathers’ Choice will have free samples of Packaroons and complimentary coffee from SteamDot and Alaska State Parks will be selling 2019 Day Use parking passes ($50/vehicle, credit card purchase only).

Take your friends and family outdoors to Alaska State Parks for a ski, walk or hike and #OptOutside this holiday season. State park fees help keep our state parks running. For more information about these fees, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/fees.htm.

Contact: Wendy Sailors, 907-269-8738, wendy.sailors@alaska.gov.


State Parks soliciting proposals for operation of Big Delta State Historical Park

November 16, 2018 (Delta Junction, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is seeking proposals from qualified offerors for operation and management of the Big Delta State Historical Park located near Delta Junction, Alaska.

Proposals must be received no later than 4 p.m., Alaska Standard Time, on December 5, 2018. Interested parties can download the Request for Proposal by going to the State of Alaska’s Online Public Notice System at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=192104.

Prospective offerors must register with Alaska Department of Natural Resources procurement officer, Marlys Hagen, to receive subsequent amendments to the RFP. Failure to contact the procurement officer may result in rejection of your proposal.

DPOR will host a pre-proposal conference on November 20, 2018 at Big Delta State Historical Park to give potential offerors an opportunity 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, marlys.hagen@alaska.gov.


2019 Alaska State Parks Annual Parking Passes available for sale

November 14, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation’s 2019 Day Use Parking Passes will be available for sale starting Thursday, Nov. 15. Day use pass decals are $50 and can be purchased at most regional state parks offices and the Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks. To order your pass online, go to https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes.

The 2019 passes will be honored at all locations managed by DPOR, effective Nov. 15.

Also available for sale are the 2019 Boat Launch pass ($100 each) and the 2019 Disabled Veteran Camping Pass available to Disabled Veterans with appropriate documentation.

In addition to state park offices in regional offices and ranger stations, passes will be available at the DNR Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks, visitor centers in Kenai, Soldotna and Homer, the Seward Chamber of Commerce, REI in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and 24 Mile Java on Chena Hot Springs Road. An updated list of all locations to buy passes will be maintained on the state parks website.

Day use parking decals should be placed on the driver side corner of your vehicle windshield for easy identification by Park staff. In the case of a windshield replacement, please keep your receipt or the scrapings from the windshield you are replacing, and a Public Information Center will replace it for a $10 fee.

Annual passes make great holiday gifts! For information on ordering a bulk amount (25 or more), contact Wendy Sailors at 907-269-8738 or wendy.sailors@alaska.gov.

CONTACT: Public Information Center, Anchorage 907-269-8400, dnr.pic@alaska.gov


Albert Loop Trail Reopened at Eagle River Nature Center

November 7, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – Effective today, the Albert Loop Trail located near the Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach State Park has reopened for public use. The trail is closed between late summer and winter freeze-up to reduce the potential for human-bear encounters.

Although the trail has been reopened, bear encounters are still possible and trail users should take appropriate precautions. Be prepared for a bear encounter and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter. Visit our website for more information on bear safety: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/bears.htm

CONTACT: Kurt Hensel, Chugach State Park, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov


Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area Citizens Advisory Board Vacancies

October 3, 2018 (Wasilla, AK) – Alaska State Parks Citizen Advisory Boards assist park staff with management and development issues. The size of an advisory board varies between 7 and 15. Appointments are made by the Director of Alaska State Parks for up to three year terms. If you would like to serve on a board please fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application, and mail or email it to the Mat-Su Area Headquarters at dnr.matsuparks@alaska.gov. Meetings are open to the public and are usually held at 7pm in Palmer on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, October through May. More board information is posted here:
https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/Browse.aspx.

The opinions expressed through the regular meetings help Alaska State Parks to serve the public better. The next regular meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 9 at the Palmer State Forestry Conference Room, at 101 Airport Road in Palmer. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

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


Public comment period lengthened for Kachemak Bay management plan

October 2, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – The Department of Natural Resources has extended the comment period for the public to provide input on a draft revision of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park Management Plan. The department also has scheduled a public meeting in Homer to discuss the draft plan. The comment period previously set to end on October 19 will now end on November 16, and an open house meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, located at 95 Sterling Highway in Homer.

The draft plan includes management guidance and facility recommendations for the state park and wilderness park, as well as guidance for Diamond Creek State Recreation Site, Eveline State Recreation Site, and Overlook Park State Recreation Site.

Since the last management plan was adopted in 1995, park uses have increased and changed as the result of changes to the economy, area infrastructure, and tourism trends. The goal of this plan revision is to address these changes, address management challenges, and update recommendations for long‐term facility development. Additionally, the draft plan includes a trail management plan that provides trail sustainability recommendations, trail design and management criteria within the park units.

Written comments are encouraged during the public comment period. To facilitate the public’s review of the public review draft, reference copies in print format are available at the Homer public library and the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center. The public review draft is also available on DVD by request and online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/kbay/kbayplan.htm.

To receive full consideration, comments must be received no later than November 16, 2018. Comments can be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Kachemak Bay State Planning
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Fax: (907)269-8915
Email: monica.alvarez@alaska.gov

CONTACT: Monica Alvarez, 907-269-8145, monica.alvarez@alaska.gov


Alaska State Parks honored with history award

September 7, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – The National Association of State Park Directors this week honored Alaska State Parks’ Office of History and Archaeology with the 2018 Ney Landrum Park History Award for its commemoration of last year’s 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession – the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States.

The award is one of several awards announced by the association on Thursday, Sept. 6 during its annual meeting in Sedona, Arizona. The awards program honors contributions and support of state parks and state park systems across the United States.

Throughout 2017, the Office of History and Archaeology worked with local, state, and federal partners to develop a better understanding of the history and significance of the treaty. The office assisted with events throughout the state to engage Alaskans in conversations about the treaty and its impacts, including at the Baranof Castle State Historic Site in Sitka, where the 1867 ceremonial transfer occurred and is annually re-enacted on Alaska Day. This site is significant in Tlingit, Russian, and U.S. history. The office worked with Alaska State Parks interpretive staff to develop a traveling exhibit and book on the treaty and administered grants for historical projects related to the treaty.

A list of the full range of activities for the treaty’s 150th anniversary and educational materials are available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/designations/150Anniversary.

CONTACT: Ethan Tyler, 907-269-8701, ethan.tyler@alaska.gov