Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2002

Exit Glacier caretaker needed

Kenai Fjords National Park is seeking one or more individuals interested in being a winter caretaker for the Exit Glacier area from mid-January to late March.

This is a volunteer position with housing, some transportation and a small stipend provided. Volunteers live in a cabin at the glacier and help with collecting weather data, snow surveys and wildlife observations. They also help maintain buildings and trails and assist visitors.

For more information, call Jim Ireland at (907) 224-3175.

Bear viewing permit applications accepted

Applications for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are being accepted through March 1. Applications must be sent by mail, postmarked no later than March 1 and be received in Anchorage by March 15. The nonrefundable application fee is $25 per person. Three people may apply on a single application. Approximately 250 permits will be awarded by lottery.

The bear viewing season is early June through late August. Most viewing in June is done on Mikfik Creek, where a small run of red salmon arrives early. In July and August, the bears shift to McNeil Falls to feed on chum salmon. Regular permits are good for four days and are $150 for Alaska residents and $350 for nonresidents. Standby permits are available, but they do not guarantee access to Mikfik or McNeil Falls. Viewing is limited to 10 people a day.

Sport fish plan open for comment

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the sport fish stocking plan for comment. The Division of Sport Fish plans to release more than 7 million fish into the waters of Alaska every year for the next five years. This stocking plan is in draft format and ready for public review. The plan is posted on the agency's Web site at www.state.ak.us/adfg/sport/sf_home.htm. Comments may be sent to Diane Loopstra at (907) 267-2529 or e-mailed to diane_loopstra@fishgame.state.ak.us. Comments may also be mailed to 333 Raspberry Rd., Anchorage, AK 99518. The deadline for comment is Jan. 15.

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