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State park advisory boards seeking new members

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for vacancies on Alaska state park advisory boards in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

Seats are currently available on the Chugach State Park, Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, Seward, and Valdez state park advisory boards, as well as the Ketchikan State Parks Advisory Board.

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Recreational Trails Program funds 47 new trail projects statewide in 2014

Recreation(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.

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Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) - The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill five 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 on a monthly basis 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.

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 7 and applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January. An application form may be obtained at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/chug...kappv7.pdf Completed applications may be mailed to 18620 Seward Highway, Anchorage, AK 99516 or scanned and emailed to csp@alaska.gov.

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SnowTRAC grants approved for trail grooming and safety

Recreation(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.

A total of $218,858 will be allocated to 17 organizations for winter trail grooming in the Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula and Juneau areas. In addition, the $15,000 set aside for a rural transportation safety project was not awarded this year and will be retained for that purpose and offered again during next year’s Snowmobile Trails Grant cycle starting April 1.

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Roads close for winter in Hatcher Pass East Management Area

Recreation(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.
CONTACT: Teri Zell, 907-745-8931, teri.zell@alaska.gov
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Trails Program to hold teleconference to assist grant applicants

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska State Trails Program will host a public teleconference for potential Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applicants from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24. New and experienced applicants are welcome to join the conversation.

Information presented during the teleconference will include program guidelines and restrictions, what constitutes a successful application, project eligibility, deadlines, how to collect letters of support, and the role of the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board. Other topics will include reporting and billing requirements, how to navigate the environmental review process, and how to develop an effective budget.

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Public invited to Camp, Canoe and Create at Denali State Park, Aug. 15-17

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – Alaska State Parks is highlighting art, creativity and the outdoors with a full weekend of art-focused activities at Byers Lake in Denali State Park, kicking off on Friday, August 15 and ending Sunday afternoon.

Alaska artists attending this event will be painting throughout Denali State Park all weekend. The theme of this event is “Camp, Canoe and Create,” and it is part of the Arts in the Park program, launched by Alaska State Parks in 2011. The general public is invited to attend and participate in a variety of family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the weekend.

The artists use a style of painting and drawing known as en plein air, a French expression that means “in the open air,” and they will be painting throughout the park all weekend.
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SnowTRAC annual meeting scheduled for Aug. 28

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – The Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC) will hold its annual advisory meeting on August 28 in Anchorage. The meeting will be held, 8-5 p.m., in Suite 1270 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 W 7th Ave. The agenda will include discussion of various SnowTRAC issues as well as review of grant applications and trail grooming requests.

SnowTRAC consists of 11 members who are regionally selected from areas across Alaska. The primary purpose of the group is to advise the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on funding for eligible grant projects under the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program. The Snowmobile Trails Grant Program is funded through legislative authorization to receive funds from snowmobile point-of-sale registration fees. These funds are used to support snowmobile trail development and maintenance, as well as snowmobile safety and education programs.

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Help Keep Big Lake Clean!

RecreationWhether you live in Big Lake or you come to recreate, together we need to do our part to reduce the pollution getting in the water this summer from our boats and jet skis.
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Finger Lake State Recreation Site construction closure update

RecreationEffective immediately, the Finger Lake State Recreation Site Campground in Wasilla is closed for the rest of the summer due to campground renovations. The boat launch and day-use area will remain open, but no overnight camping will be allowed.

For more information, please call 745-8950.
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Maud Road Shooting Range open to the public

RecreationThe brand-new Maud Road Shooting Range located in the Knik River Public Use Area opened today to target shooting. The range, located at mile 2.6 of the Maud Road Extension, is open year round and will close every Wednesday for cleanup and maintenance.

This is the first phase of developing the shooting range, which will be expanded next year using an FY 2015 legislative appropriation. Next year’s improvements include widening the 40-foot by 100-yard range by an additional 60 feet to accommodate additional shooting lanes, installing an 80-foot by 25-yard pistol range and adding other range amenities.

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Archangel Creek Bridge closed to vehicles

Recreation(Hatcher Pass, AK) - Effective immediately the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is closing the Archangel Creek Bridge to vehicle traffic. The bridge is located within the Hatcher Pass Management Area at approximately mile 2 on Archangel Road, just before the Reed Lakes Trailhead and parking area.

The Archangel Creek Bridge will be closed indefinitely until it can be repaired or replaced. During a recent bridge inspection, ADOT&PF engineers determined that the bridge is no longer structurally sound for vehicles. It remains open to pedestrian access to the old mining road and the Reeds Lakes Trailhead. User discretion is advised.
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Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board recruiting for board opening

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking candidates to fill an open board position representing northwestern Alaska on the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board (ORTAB). Applicants should have special 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 related subjects, which may include the review of proposals for State Park land acquisitions.
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State Parks to host National Trails Day events throughout Alaska in June

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to get outdoors and help Alaska State Parks celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering on a local trail project June 7 and 8. A summary of the National Trail Day projects sponsored by Alaska State Parks is provided below.

Kachemak Bay State Park near Homer Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park and Alaska State Parks will host a minimum of eight all-day projects on Saturday, and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Participants must sign up at the Homer Wilderness Leaders office in Homer prior to June 7, located at 1554 Homer Spit Road. Pre-registered volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. on the south side of the Seafarers Memorial, located on the Homer Spit, for transport by water taxi to the state park. Alaska State Parks will provide hand tools; bring your lunch, water, gloves, and snacks, but no power tools or four-legged friends please. Contact Ranger Roger MacCampbell for more information at 299-2246.

Hatcher Pass Management Area near Palmer Alaska State Parks will host trail construction and maintenance work at the Hatcher Pass Mile 16 Bike Trail on Saturday, June 7. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. in the parking area at Mile 12 of the Palmer Fishhook Road; look for the state parks banner. Alaska State Parks will provide all tools; bring work gloves if you have them. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but please leave the four-legged friends at home. Volunteers are welcome to bring bikes and take a few turns down the 1.8-mile trail at the end of the day. Trail work will wrap up at 4 p.m. Contact Ranger Amy O’Connor for more information at 354-1807 or amy.oconnor@alaska.gov.
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Memorial Day Weekend Campground Updates

Recreation(Anchorage, AK) - The Public Information Center will update information for the Alaska State Park Campgrounds as it is received from our area offices for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Please read through this information carefully as many of our state park campgrounds have a TOTAL BURN BAN in effect.

Make sure you are aware of any restrictions by checking with the campground host or park ranger upon entering a park campground.
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