Board members represent a broad spectrum of public interests and the nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. Our residents enjoy comfortable amenities, chef-prepared meals and more than 200 engaging social events each month. Season: ASAP – September 30th See Meeing times and Information. Effective 12:01am on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. A beer garden, and a “Kid Zone,” with kid-friendly activities, art projects, games and snacks staffed by the family travel advocacy organization AKontheGo will open at noon and end at 8 p.m. A family with dogs and children were hiking along the trail when a black bear sow emerged from the bushes behind the group and charged toward the group in a predatory manner. For information on disabled veteran decals, contact the Department of Natural Resources Public Information Center. Parking is available at the Alaska Veterans Memorial with a trail walk into the site. July 22, 8am or 4pm to July 23, 8am or 5pm (Time flexibility depending on volunteer availability) - 4 individuals needed to help our Halibut Cove Ranger Station hosts brush and swamp a section of the China Poot Bay trail. Please get ready at your vehicle. Fees for Public Use Cabins For more information on ice huts or public-use cabins call the DNR Public Information Center in Fairbanks at 451-2705 or visit the division website at www.alaskastateparks.org. Hazards exist in these burned areas that can be hard to see. Park officials expect up to 1,000 people will attend to celebrate this landmark in Alaska State Parks history. The division placed the facility into “passive management” earlier this summer, after the campground hosts intending to work there could not fulfil their duties, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to secure alternative hosts, said Stuart Leidner, superintendent of state parks in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys and Copper River Basin. Friends of State Parks, Mat-Su was founded in 2000. Today’s lifting of the state campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska does not affect burn suspensions issued by local state forestry offices, however. Please sign up by 5pm on August 18. “While free parking is a holiday tradition with Alaska State Parks, I think helping Alaskans get a little more fresh air and sunshine might be more welcome this year than ever,” said Ricky Gease, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. CONTACT: Christina Whiting, Volunteer Coordinator, Kachemak Bay State Park, These public meetings will be held using the Microsoft Teams online collaboration platform and consist of a short If you can help, we'd love to hear from you! Applications must be received at the Kenai Parks office of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation no later than Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at 4 p.m. Pack a few camping chairs, and you can have a great picnic! The division has historically divided the grant funds by spending approximately half internally, and providing half to trail projects sponsored by other organizations in communities statewide. over difficult terrain, and operate hand and power trail tools. The 2021 parking decals are good for parking at all state parks managed by Alaska State Parks from date of purchase until Dec. 31, 2021. The trail is closed between late summer and winter freeze-up to reduce the potential encounters between visiting humans, and the bears who frequent the area to eat salmon from Eagle River, and berries from surrounding land, in preparation for winter. It is a popular winter destination and often has some of Southcentral Alaska’s earliest snow. Black and brown bears use the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and remain close to developed areas. The Bird to Gird pedestrian pathway is expected to remain open however there will be no public parking at this location to gain access to the pathway until MAY 22, 2020. Wilderness firstaid/ CPR desired. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our season safe so that we can all have a season! Alaska State Parks is offering qualified businesses an opportunity to submit proposals to operate and maintain the Captain Cook and Anchor River/Stariski state recreation areas (SRAs). Louise Chandler Farley, 88, of Dagsboro passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, peacefully in her home with family, her dog Chi Chi and devoted friend and caregiver Carol Coulson by her side. This is particularly important for weekend and holiday days. As such, we would like to advise you of the following updates and important reminders. The Albert Loop Trail located near the Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach State Park has reopened for public use effective today, after being closed to reduce the threat of human-bear encounters. Volunteers will be transported on a state park boat. • Transaction fees will be standardized to a flat $5 for all reservations, plus $3 for cancellations and $4 for changes. If you have any trouble with accessing information contained within this website, please contact Louise Mekosh at lmekosh@boro.lake-como.nj.us The concern was that dead or weakened trees could fall on campers. Park visitors are encouraged to share their outdoor activities on social media this weekend and throughout the holiday season by using the hashtag #OptOutside, #alaskastateparks, and #akstateparks. Burn suspensions for local-area forestry offices are evaluated daily. Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees unable to make payments should contact the division by email at dnr.dmlw.financialassistance@alaska.gov or by phone at (907) 269-8594. We have limited availability in lodges to warm up. We want to continue to keep our parks open for you. will take place at Arctic Valley Ski Area in Chugach State Park from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 13. Alaska State Parks is working to bolster its reduced traditional campground support and maintenance workforce with more Alaska Conservation Corps (ACC) positions, to keep busy state recreational units open, safe, and clean. The Chugach State Park Citizen Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill upcoming vacancies on the 15-member board. CONTACT: Jack Blackwell, (907) 262-5581, or Jack.Blackwell@alaska.gov. Indoor social gatherings are prohibited by the Government of Alberta at this time. Please help keep state parks open by following strict social distancing and other guidelines: “Those willing to brave the cold should find good opportunities for fishing, and we’re happy to offer these ice huts to help make it possible for well-prepared fishermen to scratch their angling itch in safety and even a fair amount of comfort,” Gease said. After Jan. 1, 2020, the cost rises to $60. “So many Alaskans who love and enjoy our state parks count on getting an annual parking pass each year as their passport to some of Alaska’s best recreational opportunities,” said Gease. If you choose to eat outdoors, you must do so only with your household members or your one or two designated contacts if you live alone. “Governor Mike Dunleavy has made it clear that we should use our authority to do what we can to ease the burden on Alaskans suffering economic harm from the current pandemic,” said DNR Commissioner Corri A. Feige. The joint orders from directors of the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation come as thousands of firefighters from Alaska and the Lower 48 are battling blazes in Southcentral and Interior Alaska that have imperiled buildings, and threatened hundreds of residents with evacuation from their homes. The ITA version incorporates Given the rapidly changing situation, Alaska State Parks is assessing each facility, staffing, and the ability to properly sanitize facilities according to CDC guidelines. Desired experience: Sustainable trail construction and/or trail maintenance; Chainsaw and brushcutter operation; Familiarity with a variety of trail hand tools; Crew camping for extended amount of time. CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, (907) 451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov, Alaska State Parks to waive parking fees on day after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska State Parks will waive parking fees at all 156 park facilities on Friday, Nov. 29, to encourage Alaskans to get outside during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. “We are grateful that Friends of State Parks, Mat-Su provided this grant this year, which will help us keep over 5 kilometers of cross-country ski trails groomed at the Independence Mine area for the remainder of the 2019 season,” Leidner said. Social distancing measures and facility closures may be necessary to preserve the health and welfare of Alaska State Park employees, partners, cooperators, our families, and the local communities in which we live. “We had truly hoped that Alaskans who traveled to the Lake Louise campground would work together to keep their camping sites cleaned up while respecting the local community,” he said. The division will take steps to prevent vehicle traffic from entering the campground, which will remain closed until further notice. The shooting range, located at mile 36.5 Chena Hot Springs Rd., was established in the early 1970s, and is managed by Alaska State Parks. State Park Rangers have reported that a violent bear encounter occurred yesterday between the Grewingk Saddle Trail Junction and the Glacier Lake Trail Tram. Issued every other year, they are valid for two years. Even though the Albert Loop Trail has been reopened, bear encounters are still possible and trail users should take appropriate precautions. The 46-year-old says hitting the pavement is "helping" her … 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. Complete bidding and contract information for the Deep Creek contract is available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/newsrelease/2020/rfb_110220deepcreekbl.pdf For more information on Alaska State Parks, visit: alaskastateparks.org or find us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. On February 8, the Province of Alberta eased some restrictions due to the current state of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, burn suspensions remained in effect for the Copper River, Fairbanks, Kenai and Mat-Su areas. Decals are also available for sale in person in Anchorage at REI, The Hoarding Marmot, and Paramount Cycles, and in Fairbanks at REI, Beaver Sports, Outdoor Adventures, and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Quite predictably, the first reason to ski at Snowbasin is its terrain. August 15, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – Bears have returned to the area around Eagle River Nature Center to feed on spawning salmon. “Relying on his emergency authority and mine, we’re offering Alaskans some economic breathing room by pushing pause on collection of several DNR fees.” Successful applicants will be authorized to operate one or both state recreation areas for a four-year period. For the preliminary decision, original contract, modified contract, and public comments, see the Arctic Valley Final Decision Attachments documents below. Alaska State Parks is reluctant to restrict any uses unless there are no other viable management alternatives. When you’re ready, venture further afield and explore the natural wonders of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. CONTACT: Wendy Sailors, 907-529-7640, wendy.sailors@alaska.gov, Chugach facilities impacted by DOT Project, April 21, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Later dates may become available to harvest additional firewood in other areas of the Captain Cook SRA. We have extensive signage reminding you of outdoor places where masks and face coverings need to be worn outdoors: If you are not prepared to wear your mask or face covering at all times when required, we have no choice but to tell you not to visit us at this time. This can be a day or overnight project depending on volunteer availability, with our preferred timeframe being an overnight work party from August 19, 8am to August 20, 5pm, with volunteers spending the night in the ranger station bunkhouse with full use of the cookshack. Thank you for visiting our parks in 2020, have a great winter, and we look forward to seeing you out there in 2021. While campfires will be allowed in designated fire pits and rings in state campgrounds within the Municipality of Anchorage, the Municipality is retaining its ban on outdoor fires within the rest of the Municipality. In addition to 50Fest!, other 50th anniversary events scheduled for the summer include celebrations at: Kachemak Bay on May 9; Kodiak on May 24; Ketchikan on May 16; Big Delta on July 15; Eagle Beach (Juneau) on July 18; Fairbanks on August 7; and Denali State Park on September 12. Information on those decals, and on the new system, will be issued via Alaska State Parks website, social media and press release in January. Our retail shop is open at reduced capacity. Campfires must be less than three feet in diameter, and one should have water and tools nearby to keep them contained. He also offered special credit to the U.S. Forest Service and Senator Lisa Murkowski for realizing the need and coordinating the effort to make the funds available. The 2020 Boat Launch pass will also go on sale Nov. 15, priced at $100 each until Jan. 1, and at $150 thereafter. Louise Redknapp has taken up a new hobby in lockdown in order to help her mental wellbeing. 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Explore the beauty, the architecture, and the scenery of the lake from one of our eight beautiful boats. Each Here are the Alaska State Parks units, by region, where campgrounds are now open: Any day we are not at capacity, we will also be selling day tickets at the resort, but we strongly recommend you purchase your ticket online in advance then visit reservations.skilouise.com to reserve your days. Details are available through the division contacts as listed above. “The fee suspensions represent the governor’s effort to ease the immediate burden on Alaska citizens and businesses from the unanticipated outbreak of the coronavirus and resulting social and economic restrictions,” she said. Gathering and socializing with non-household members, or two close contacts for a person living alone, is not permitted at the Lake Louise Ski Resort for as long as these restrictions remain in effect. “We at DNR are glad to do our part as Alaskans, helping each other keep our state moving as we meet the challenge of an unexpected and unprecedented public health crisis.” Disabled veterans with appropriate documents can obtain a 2020 Disabled Veteran Camping Pass at no charge. The family pet did sustain injuries and was treated at the local vet clinic. July 7, 2020 (Palmer, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Mat Su Region has indefinitely closed the Lake Louise State Recreation Area in the Copper Valley near Glennallen effective immediately, in the face of continuing vandalism and lack of care by campers and recreators. CONTACT: Wendy Sailors, 907-269-8738, wendy.sailors@alaska.gov, Survey seeks public views on Chena River shooting range’s future, November 25, 2019 (Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is using an online survey to solicit comments concerning the future management of a shooting range located in the Chena River State Recreation Area. “It’s an unfortunate circumstance and a difficult decision, but the health of Alaskans, respect for local residents, and our responsibility for this public resource made it necessary.” Visit the Chugach National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/chugach/home for details. CONTACT: Kurt Hensel, Chugach State Park Superintendent, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov, State campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska to end Thursday, July 17, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – With wildfire danger moderating as a result of cooler, moister weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry will end campfire closures on state, private and municipal lands in Southcentral Alaska, effective 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 18. The division is using the survey to seek public input to help guide future management decisions for the facility. The new board members selected for these CABs will serve from July 2021 to June 2024. Fees for Reserved Use of Park Facilities "Conditions are almost perfect for the smallest spark to quickly become a large, dangerous wildfire," said Chris Maisch, director of the Alaska Division of Forestry. We depend on the dedication and enthusiasm of community members in order to maintain our trails, so thank you! To apply for a position on this advisory board, fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application provided at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm. TO APPLY: Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be provided by Kaladi Brothers Coffee, and Alaska State Parks will be selling 2020 day-use parking passes ($50/vehicle, credit card purchase only). Check Banff & Lake Louise Tourism's website for travel planning, upcoming events and tips on what not to miss while you're in Banff. Alaska State Parks will waive parking fees at all park facilities on Friday, Nov. 27, to encourage Alaskans to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The proposed concession contract has been approved, subject to modifications, as described in the Arctic Valley Final Decision document. Anyone recreating in Chugach State Park is encouraged to take appropriate bear-aware precautions and be prepared to encounter bears and other wild animals. This is a field position, working outdoors in all types of weather. Park staffers have worked hard to keep parks open and meet the demand. “For example, you can call in for a quick reminder of the cabin access code you got months earlier in an email, but can’t quite put your hands on as you’re heading outside for a weekend camping or PUC trip,” she said. This seasonal closure has occurred since 1997. 3. The huts are constructed by the Department of Fish and Game and managed by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening the following areas to limited use as of 12:01am on September 10, 2019: Jim’s Landing for day use of the boat launch, the overflow parking lot north of the Sterling Highway at the Visitor Contact Station, and Lower Skilak Boat Launch for boat launch access. We often get asked when the best time to visit the resort is. Eating & Dining. Arctic Valley Final Decision Anyone recreating in Chugach State Park is encouraged to take appropriate bear-aware precautions and be prepared to encounter bears and other wild animals. This is a moderate work project working alongside the ranger station hosts. Pending approval of federal funds for the work, the Department of Natural Resources will contract with private business to cut down and remove the affected trees to reduce hazards to more than 100 campsites at the two affected campgrounds, and minimize the effect on residents and visitors. Set on a beautiful eight-acre campus, Atria Park of Lake Forest is a vibrant senior living community located just minutes from downtown Sanford, the Seminole Mall and nearby Orlando and Mount Dora. The first weekend after reopening, both campgrounds were nearly full of visitors eager to take advantage of the summer weather and long daylight hours to recreate outdoors, and to avoid some of the pressures of social distancing and other restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leidner said. • Byers Lake Campground Suite 1380 To reduce the risk of spreading the beetle infestation, tree felling, chipping and removal must be timed to take advantage of colder weather conditions. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal program that provides reimbursable, matching funds to states so they can develop and repair recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. "We need to start with our state park trails, which have been neglected for too long." Thank you, and we look forward to further discussion on the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park These are winter-only trails and open to snowmachine use from October 15 to April 10. Decals are available online at the division’s website. Given the large number of fires and limited firefighting resources, the Division of Forestry implores Alaskans and visitors alike to be extremely careful using any kind of fire and to follow any and all burning restrictions. Public use cabins will still be available. "A partnership like this allows us to highlight all that our park areas hold for kids and families," said Matt Wedeking, operations manager of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Annual passes make great holiday gifts! A new Alaska State Parks reservations website offering improved customer service, including an Alaska-staffed call center offering telephone support to customers, is scheduled to go live today. CONTACT: Eric Clarke, 907-226-4687, eric.clarke@alaska.gov, June 7, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – Eagle River Campground will be OPEN for the season starting at 5:00 PM. As Alaskans' daily routines have been evolving, Alaska State Parks are seeing more traffic at certain trailheads surrounding our largest populations, especially in Chugach State Park and Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass. Lake Geneva Cruise Line, one of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s top attractions, offers the best way to experience the lake. The popular trail is regularly closed between late summer and winter freeze-up to reduce the potential for encounters between humans and bears. Each is equipped with a wood-burning stove and four fishing holes, but the renter must provide all other equipment and supplies. • If you feel sick at all – stay at home Bird Campground Day-Use Area is a good alternative to use to gain access to the Bird to Gird path. As of Tuesday, there were 117 active wildfires in Alaska, 24 of which are staffed with more than 2,000 firefighting personnel, most of them from the Lower 48. The Division of Forestry plans to suspend collection of personal firewood cutting permit fees, log salvage permit fees, and fees relating to log brands, effective upon completion of program modifications by Thursday, April 9. They are also available in person in Anchorage at REI, The Hoarding Marmot, and Paramount Cycles, and in Fairbanks at REI, Beaver Sports, Outdoor Adventures, and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Phone: (907) 269-8700 For information on the firewood cutting fee suspension, go to https://dnr.alaska.gov/FPS/. • Bring your own sanitizers for the restrooms, and wipe down surfaces before and after use Lake Louise-area residents had pitched in last week to clean up trash left by earlier campers, but the Fourth of July weekend saw the problems only get worse, and even extend to local, non-park properties, he said. Park your car at the overflow parking lot and then take the Parks Canada shuttle to these locations. Located in Hatcher Pass, the Independence Mine park registers about 10,000 user-days each winter. Fish and Wildlife Service or other federal agencies are being retained. 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