Last Update: December 15, 2014
First Day Hike at Eveline State Recreation Area
Trail: Eveline Trails
First Day Hike at Quartz Lake State Recreation Area
Eveline State Recreation Area
Nancy Lake Parkway closed to street vehicles for winter season
(Willow, AK) – The gate at Mile 2.2 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, located in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, is now closed to street-registered vehicles due to winter conditions. The parkway beyond the gate leading to the South Rolly campground is not maintained in the winter but is used as a multi-use trail for skiing, dog-mushing, foot traffic and snowmachines. For now, the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area remains closed to snowmachines due to inadequate snow cover to protect the underlying vegetation. Once there is adequate snow cover, Alaska State Parks will open the area to snowmachines.
Grants available for commemorating 150th anniversary of Alaska Purchase
(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission has $125,000 available for matching grants to plan and prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase in 2017. The grants are for projects that will contribute to understanding the history and significance of the event. 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 $15,000 and must be matched 50/50 with cash or in-kind services. Projects are to be done between April 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or delivered by 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 23, 2015.
Bids sought for operation of restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park
(Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is soliciting Requests for Proposals from qualified bidders to operate a restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park under a concession contract. The park is located eight miles north of Delta Junction at Milepost 274.5 of the Richardson Highway.
A pre-proposal conference will be held at Big Delta State Historical Park on Monday, Nov. 24. Interested businesses and individuals are encouraged to attend the conference which will include a tour of the park’s facilities and opportunities to ask questions.
The division’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted on the state’s online public notice system at http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=174624. Proposals must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 19. Prospective bidders 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.
CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ketchikan State Parks Advisory Board recruiting new members
(Ketchikan, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for two vacancies on the nine-member Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board, for the term beginning Jan. 1.
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 Nov. 30 and should be sent to Ketchikan District Park Ranger Mary Kowalczyk at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreational Trails Program funds 47 new trail projects statewide in 2014
(Anchorage, AK) –The Recreational Trails Program has awarded funding for 47 new trail projects in Alaska in the past year, with many projects underway or already completed. The projects encompass nearly every region of the state and range from trail repair projects to new construction.
Volunteers sought for Kodiak State Park Advisory Board
Alaska State Parks is looking for people interested in joining the Kodiak State Park Advisory Board.
If you enjoy any of these local parks:
You can volunteer for as little as one hour a month to be a part of the local team to help guide the future of the area parks, facilities and activities.
For more information call 486- 6339 or join us at the next meeting on:
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Southcentral state park advisory boards seeking new members
(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for four state park advisory boards in Southcentral Alaska. Seats are currently open on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, Seward, and Valdez state park advisory boards.
Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board
(Anchorage, AK) - The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill five upcoming vacancies on the 15-member board.
SnowTRAC grants approved for trail grooming and safety
(Anchorage, AK) –The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approved funding for snowmobile trail grooming and a renewed opportunity for a rural transportation safety project after receiving input from the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC), the statewide citizen advisory board that reviews Snowmobile Trail Grant Program applications.
Roads close for winter in Hatcher Pass East Management Areas
(Palmer, AK) – The Archangel Road at Mile 14.4 of the Hatcher Pass Road and the road that goes over the pass at Mile 17.5 are closed as of today, Tuesday, Oct. 7, according to Alaska State Parks. These are annual closures that take place when the roads become unsafe to travel due to accumulation of snow.
Trails Grant Program Increases Limit for Motorized Projects
(Anchorage, AK) –The Alaska Trails Program announces that the limit for Recreational Trails Program motorized trail projects has been raised to $100,000 from $50,000. Increasing the motorized trail project grant amount will help the program attain the required expenditure ratio of 30% motorized, 30% non-motorized and 40% diversified, and allow for more work to be done or trail equipment to be purchased for a motorized trail project. The limit for non-motorized and diversified trail projects will remain at $50,000.
Alaska Boating Safely Handbook available
Anchorage, Alaska - The new addition of the Alaska Boater's Handbook is available online through the Alaska Office of Boating Safety Office or at the Department of Natural Resources Public Information centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
In a state where capsizing and falls overboard into cold water continues to account for the majority of boating deaths, the handbook provides practical and relevant information for Alaska's boaters on legal requirements, safe practices and how to prepare for, avoid, and survive a cold water immersion event. In addition to the two Public Information centers, copies of the handbook are available online at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org or by contacting the Alaska Office of Boating Safety at (907) 269-8706.
The Alaska Office of Boating Safety reminds boaters that by practicing the following safety points they can help ensure everyone has a safe and memorable adventure on the water.
• Wearing a life jacket is KEY to surviving a cold water immersion event. ALWAYS wear a life jacket when in an
open boat or on an open deck
• Carrying both communication and signaling devices on your person
• Completing a thorough pre-departure check before each trip
• Taking boating courses
• Avoiding alcohol when boating
Alaska State Parks begins planning for lower Kasilof River boat retrieval project
(Kasilof, AK) - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), has received project money to develop a public drift boat takeout on the lower Kasilof River to address increasing demand for such a facility on the popular drift-only fishing portion of the river. Currently, most boaters access the Kasilof at the Alaska State Parks public boat launch at mile 109.4 of the Sterling Highway; however, there is no publicly-owned exit point for boaters on the lower portion of the river.
In the first phase of this project, DPOR is distributing a short questionnaire to gain public input on where a retrieval site should be located, what criteria should be used to evaluate potential locations, and what type of facilities should be constructed. The questionnaire and additional project information is available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kasilof/kasilofboatretrieval.htm