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Better methods to encourage habitat protection available

Posted: June 12, 2013 - 3:23pm  |  Updated: June 13, 2013 - 9:00am

Beginning with an external review dated June 30, 2009, authored by Mr. Lawrence R. Heath, who was contracted by the Kenai Watershed Forum through the use of public AWCA grant funds administered by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has been up to its arm pits in habitat anadramous ordinances. What started with KPB 2011-12 under the Carey administration and now KPB 2013-28 of the Navarre administration and the habitat anadramous task force, the supporters of zoning private property have been trying to tie this to fish. As an advocate of restoring habitat with more than 20 years of past experience in doing so, long before any of the folks now involved in these ordinances ever took interest, I call foul when I smell foul. KPB 2011-12 and KPB 2013-18 require policing enforcement which the borough does not have, or it requires neighbor to turn against neighbor by turning your neighbor in to the Kenai River Center.

Understand ADF&G has no interest in managing secondary arterial streams like Bishop Creek here on the Kenai Peninsula because of lack of funding and importance. No studies or warnings have been noticed or conducted on these small streams or lakes to identify if there are negative impacts. The only studies that ADF&G have all got shot down and debunked, so they try to compare these streams to the Columbia River, While ADF&G’s own 309 habitat study and King study was blasted by its own department.

If we wish to protect habitat and I think we all do? You must first promote stewardship and bring everyone together for the same purpose. The Streamwatch program could do this along with tax incentives for property owners who through ADF&G approved methods protect their habitat shorelines. That’s stewardship and that works, using the force of law without enforcement and being reactionary in the process just grows more jobs for government employees and bigger tax burden on property owners. Having restored a great many miles of habitat worked on numerous streams in south central Alaska and being named NOAA’s environmental Hero means nothing compared to the efforts we could all accomplish by rolling up our selves and working together to protect habitat instead of telling the public to “pay attention” and accusing people that they don’t care about fish or that they are just being a bully. Really is that all you got? I’ve been part of planting more than 200,000 willows for fish and wildlife are you ready get be a part of that?

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AKNATUREGUY 06/13/13 - 08:48 pm
Mr WOLF where did you...........................

Mr WOLF, where did you go to school? You're grammar and sentence structure makes it almost impossible to follow what you are attempting to say. But then maybe that is what you are trying to do?

There is no question that we need a unified and enforceable habitat protection program along our salmon rivers and streams. This program should carry over to all bodies of water as the adjacent habitat is important to supporting a healthy flora and fauna ecosystem.

Mr. WOLF, I am shocked that you have not seen what is going on along the Kenai River in such areas as RIVER QUEST and CASTAWAY COVE. After all, I believe these disastorous developments occur within the District you are supposedly representing.

You need to take a drive through these areas and you should (but probably won't) see the insidious damage that has been done to important fish and wildlife habitat in just the past few years under the current Borough ordinance. There has been almost total destruction of the natural habitat. Flooding in this area occurs regurarly and more widespread than ever now that most of the natural protective habitat has been removed.

Mind you, as I understand it, the Kenai River Center approved all of this destruction under the current Borough Ordinance, within your Assembly District.

With all of this destruction occurring and almost every project being approved, I can't imangine why you people are afraid that "someone is taking your property"!!

Mr WOLF states, "If we wish to protect habitat and I think we all do?" ............Please don't patronize us, Mr. WOLF. From what I have seen, you could not care less about the important streamside habitat.

keeneye 06/13/13 - 09:02 pm
Natureguy, where did you go to school?

"...healthy flora and faun ecosystem." Faun? I'm pretty sure we do not have any 1/2 man, 1/2 half goats running through the woods around here.

"Flooding in this area occurs regurarly" It's regularly. I'm just being a little facetious. You did throw the first stone. :)

AKNATUREGUY 06/13/13 - 09:22 pm

Keeneye............spelling is not nearly as important as being able to write a proper sentence...........faun???

If that is all you have to pick is not really worthy of responding :)

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