Kenai dunes chained off for preservation

Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2009

KENAI - The city of Kenai is working to chain off environmentally sensitive dunes before the Kenai River dip-net fishery opens Friday.

Kenai's Parks and Recreation employees have been working since early May to install 500 10-foot long fence posts to support nearly 2 miles of linked chain. In past years, dunes and dune grass have been damaged by the big crowds packing the beach near the mouth of the river.

The Kenai City Council's order to fence was aimed particularly at all-terrain vehicles, which are blamed for much of the damage.

The city provided all the labor for the project, but the materials were mostly paid for with grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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