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Trails advisory board to meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage

RecreationThe Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board will meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage to consider grant applications. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days in Suite 1270 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave in Anchorage.

During the meeting, the ORTAB will evaluate grant proposals for the Recreational Trails Program. The board will provide recommendations to the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, who will make decisions on funding for those applications.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Alaska State Troopers Wilderness Trip Plan

RecreationHow to use this Trip Plan:

1. Fill out this Trip Plan before you leave home.
2. Leave the Trip Plan with someone you trust.
3. If you don’t come home at the expected time that person should call the Alaska State Troopers and give them this Trip Plan.

Download the Trip Plan here: http://dps.alaska.gov/PIO/docs/Wilder...ipPlan.pdf
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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Improved conditions allow Hatcher Pass and Nancy Lake reopening

RecreationSignificant snowfall and a stabilized snowpack has enabled the reopening of the East Hatcher Pass Management Area to public use, and allowed the opening of snowmobile use in the area, effective at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2. The area has been closed to the public since Friday, Nov. 27 due to extreme avalanche conditions. The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will reopen the Hatcher Pass Road at 6 p.m., as it has finished clearing last week’s avalanche debris that covered the road. The public is urged to remain cautious while traveling in mountainous areas as avalanche danger still persists.

The Nancy Lake State Recreation Area will also reopen to snowmobiles at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 after cold temperatures re-stabilized the snowpack. The public is advised to stay off the Red Shirt Lake Winter Trail until flowing water on the trail freezes.
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East Hatcher Pass Management Area is closed to public use

RecreationDue to extreme avalanche conditions and continuing weather patterns that are contributing to greater instability of the snow pack the East Hatcher Pass Management Area is closed to public use. The public is advised to stay away from the area until the snowpack stabilizes.

Over the past week an unusually powerful weather system has stressed a fragile snow pack with extreme snow load, high winds, rain, and above freezing temperatures. Numerous avalanches have occurred in areas that are traditionally considered safe during an average winter season.

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Nancy Lake State Recreation Area closes to snowmobiles

RecreationDue to a deteriorating snowpack and poor ice conditions, the recreation area no longer has sufficient snow to protect the underlying vegetation and will close to snowmobiles effective Friday night, November 27, 2015 at midnight.

Over the past week an unusually powerful weather system has stressed the snow pack with rain and above freezing temperatures. Lake ice has become treacherous with severe overflow, standing water and open flowing water on creeks. The public is urged to use caution while traveling with the recreation area.
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Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and Denali State Park open to snowmachines

RecreationThe Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that the recent snowfall has allowed the opening of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and Denali State Park to the use of snowmachines as of Friday, Nov. 20. Park staff has determined that sufficient snow cover now exists to protect underlying vegetation in the parks.

Caution is advised in all areas as lake ice is variable. Thin ice and open water exists in streams and river ice is unstable or flowing.

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New Regulations on fat tire bicycles to take effect in Chugach State Park

RecreationThe Alaska Department of Natural Resources has adopted new regulations which allow the use of fat tire bicycles within Chugach State Park on trails currently open to bicycles and on certain other trails between November 15 and March 31. The new regulations also define fat tire bicycles as having a minimum tire width of 3.7 inches and tire pressure of 20 psi or less. The use of fat tire bicycles is now allowed on the following trails within Chugach State Park between November 15 and March 31:
• Middle Fork Trail
• Lost Cabin Trail
• Eagle River Corridor (to Icicle Creek)
• Eklutna Lake (frozen surface)

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Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board

RecreationThe Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill upcoming vacancies on the 15-member board. The role of the advisory board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters involving Chugach State Park, to promote protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate communication between the public and the park managers. The board meets monthly and each member is expected to serve on two committees.

Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year. Applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January 2016. The application deadline is Oct. 31. An application form may be obtained at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/chug...kappv7.pdf

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Clean Boating in the Susitna Valley - FY 2015 Final Report

RecreationThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made available a 39 page report by Cook Inletkeeper on the waters of Big Lake, and the Little Su and Deshka rivers.

From the report: "Boaters throughout the Mat-Su region can no longer afford to recreate without understanding how they can be part of a solution to the pollution problems facing the community. Through this ongoing project, our overarching objective is to work with local communities, private businesses, Alaska State Parks, boaters and other stakeholder groups to identify and fill gaps in clean boating education and resources to ultimately reduce petroleum pollution in these and other Mat-Su Valley waterbodies. "

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Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board recruiting new members

RecreationThe Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking candidates to fill two board positions on the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board (ORTAB), one representing diversified trail users from Western/ Southwestern Alaska, and one representing the motorized trail community statewide. In addition to these special knowledge areas, applicants should have knowledge, experience and interest in outdoor recreation and grant-funded programs.

The primary role of the ORTAB is to assist in evaluating grant proposals for the Recreational Trail Grant and Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. ORTAB members may also be asked for advice on other outdoor recreation related subjects.

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Expanded Knik River Public Use Area Shooting Range opens Aug. 22

RecreationThe Knik River Public Use Area Shooting Range will reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10am following the completion of its Phase II expansion.

Improvements at the range, located at Mile 2.6 of the Maud Road Extension near Palmer, include 18 lanes of fire on the expanded 100-yard rifle range, 12 lanes of fire on the new 25-yard pistol range, covered firing lines, enhanced safety barriers and informational kiosks. Other new features include improved access for disabled users, expanded parking and paving of the access road.

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