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Last Update: November 9, 2018
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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


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, csp@alaska.gov


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, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


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, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov