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Last Update: September 13, 2018
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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

CONTACT: Ethan Tyler, 907-269-8701,

Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center closing for season

August 9, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – Spawning salmon have returned to waters at the Eagle River Nature Center and so have the bears that feed on them. As a result, Alaska State Parks has closed the Albert Loop Trail and its vicinity, effective today (Thursday, Aug. 9). At this time of year, black and brown bears and their cubs use the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and adjacent brush and trees for cover.

Today’s closure does not affect the Iditarod/Crow Pass trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail. Reopening of the Albert Loop trail will be announced and most likely will happen at freeze-up when most bears go into hibernation. The trails seasonal closures have occurred since 1997.

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.

CONTACT: Kurt Hensel, Chugach State Park Superintendent, 907-345-5014,

Site improvements underway at Birch Lake State Recreation Site

August 8, 2018 (Fairbanks, AK) – Replacement of the Birch Lake State Recreation Site boat ramp is scheduled to begin August 13 and conclude August 30. During this time, the boat launch will be closed.

Funding for the project comes from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Dingell-Johnson Act. In addition to the boat launch a new outhouse will be added to the site.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698,

Construction update released for Chena River State Recreation Area

June 6, 2018 (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska State Parks through its contractor is sharing an updated construction schedule for trailhead improvements and associated temporary closures in the Chena River State Recreation Area.

The Upper Chena Dome Trailhead, Angel Creek Hillside Trail, and Upper and Lower Angel Creek public use cabins will close July 5 and reopen July 28. The closures are necessary because the Upper Chena Dome trailhead is the only access point and safe parking area for the Angel Creek Hillside Trail and cabins.

The Compeau Trailhead will close July 28 and reopen on August 12. However, the Compeau Trail will remain open and accessible from Twin Bears Camp at Mile 30 of the Chena Hot Springs Road.

The public can obtain current closure information by calling the Alaska State Parks Northern Region office at 451-2695.

These projects will improve hunter access, increase parking, and add restrooms, and are being funded by a federal Pittman-Robertson Act grant.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698,