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Refuge opens to snowmachine use

Posted: December 17, 2013 - 10:29pm

Areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been opened to snowmaching.

Refuge Manager Andy Loranger on Monday announced the opening of all areas of the refuge traditionally open to snow machining.

Areas always closed to snowmachine use include the Headquarters tract on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Loop Special Management Area, Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe Systems, Wolf Lake pipeline corridor, and all areas above timberline except in the Caribou Hills. Users are encouraged to contact refuge headquarters if unsure of boundaries.

The refuge asks all snowmachine users to be respectful of their surroundings and avoid any windblown areas that have insufficient snow accumulation. Users should also try to avoid moose and other wildlife whenever possible.

The refuge also advises that snowmachine users exercise caution on lakes, rivers and streams which may not yet be sufficiently frozen or have substantial overflow.

For more information, please contact refuge headquarters at 907-262-7021, online at http//kenai.fws.gov or visit the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

— Staff report

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