Much has happened since the Management Plan for the Kachemak Bay State Park and the Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park was adopted in 1995. Changes in community infrastructure, economic trends, and ecotourism have resulted in increased use of the park, while shifting trends in recreation have raised new land use concerns. These concerns include:
Park Facilities and Structures
Fees, Park Pass, and Visitor Use Management
Infestive and Invasive Species
Private Use of Park Resources
To address these issues, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation initiated a process in 2013 to revise the park Management Plan. Because access within the park was raised as an early issue, an additional portion of the management process was to develop a trail plan for the parks, based on recommendations set forth in the Management Plan. The Management Plan sets forth management guidelines and makes recommendations for the development of recreational facilities within the parks, while the trail plan details specific routes and design criteria for trail development, improvement, and maintenance to enhance access to the park units.
A draft version of the revised management plan is being reviewed internally, with the goal to release a public review draft in 2018.
During the Open House public sharing sessions, the planning team provided maps and encouraged the public to write their comments and draw proposed trails and facilities directly on the maps. This enabled georeferencing the comments to their subject location, as well as linking the origin of the comments to the Open House session where it was provided. The final comment maps are below.Eveline Facility Improvements
During the Open House public sharing sessions, the planning team provided maps and encouraged the public to write their comments and draw proposed trails and facilities directly on the maps. This enabled georeferencing the comments to their subject location, as well as linking the origin of the comments to the Open House session where it was provided. The final comment maps are below.
On these maps, the colors of the comment box outlines vary, according to meeting location, as follows;
Black - Homer
Green - Seldovia
Gray - Anchorage
Red - Port Graham
Pink - Nanwalek
Some ideas and suggestions were duplicated within and between the Open House sessions, but duplicate comments are shown on the map only where they were offered at meetings in different venues.
The scoping phase of the planning project, where the planning team identified issues and gathers information from the public, extended from late 2013 until mid-2014. During the scoping phase, there were three distinct ways for interested individuals to participate in and offer input into the planning process:
Submit written comments to the planning team (11/13/13 – 5/15/14)
Attend an Open House session (May 2014)
Complete a questionnaire (11/13 – 1/14)
The public could provide comment through more than one method, and all comment was collected, collated, categorized, and summarized by the planning team. Summaries of public comment are below:
Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Land Status Map - 2013
Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Location Map - 2013
Management Plan for Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park (1995)
Alaska State Parks System: Statewide Framework - June 1982
The planning process is a multi-step process for collecting information and knowledge and developing a plan that meets the needs and desires of stakeholders. An overview of the process can be found here.
The expected timing of the major steps of the development of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan is:
STEP 1: Identify Issues - Spring/Summer 2014
STEP 2: Gather Information - Ongoing
STEP 3: Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternatives - Winter 2014
STEP 4: Prepare Draft Plan - 2014 - present
STEP 5: Public Review of Draft Plan - TBD
STEP 6: Prepare Final Plan - Expected within 6 months of completion of public review draft
STEP 7: Approve Plan - Expected within 3 months of Final Plan
STEP 8: Adopt and Implement Plan -12-25 year timeframe from Approval
For more information contact:
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907)269-8145 Fax: (907)269-8915