Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park management plan scoping open house set for Nov. 13

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is initiating a planning process to revise the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan. The goal of this plan revision is to address the issues the park is facing due to changing patterns in recreational use and increased visitation, and to update recommendations for park management and facility development. Additionally, a trail plan will be developed to provide specific guidance for trail management and development in these areas.

To include local input in the early stages of plan development the department will host an open house in Homer. Visitors should gather at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer Wednesday, Nov. 13. The planning staff will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to discuss issues, gather information and learn more about current or future goals and uses. The public is also encouraged to complete a Recreational Use, Facilities, and Access Questionnaire. To view the existing park plan, fill out the questionnaire and learn more about this process, visit dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/kbay/kbayplan.htm

Written comments are encouraged throughout the planning process. The deadline for submitting initial scoping comments is Jan. 31. They can be sent to Kachemak Bay State Park Planning, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050, Anchorage, AK 99501, or via fax, (907) 269-8915, or email, shawana.guzenski@alaska.gov.


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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

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