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Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007

Online cabin renters will have to wait

The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has announced that the online reservation system for Public Use Cabins is temporarily inoperable due to a computer programming glitch. It is unknown how long the online reservation system will be unavailable.

Persons interested in obtaining a reservation for a cabin for the 2007 season are encouraged to instead contact the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400 or visit any State Park office.

DNR regrets the inconvenience this may cause park visitors and is working on the problem.

Subsistence subcommittee to meet

The Southcentral Alaska Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council’s subcommittee on Kenai Peninsula subsistence fishery proposals will meet Friday and Saturday at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna. This meeting is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The regional advisory council voted in December to form a subcommittee that will provide recommendations to the council on current federal subsistence fishery proposals for federal public waters within the Kenai, Kasilof and Swanson river drainages and Six Mile and Resurrection creek drainages. The subcommittee’s work will focus on methods and means of harvest, harvest limits, and fishery seasons.

The following organizations and communities will be represented on the subcommittee: Salamatoff Tribe, Ninilchik Tribe, Kenaitze Tribe, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Kenai River Professional Guides Association, United Cook Inlet Drift Association, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, Community of Cooper Landing, Community of Hope and Community of Ninilchik. Two members of the Southcentral council will serve as nonvoting members of the subcommittee.

The council has requested that the subcommittee provide recommendations to the council prior to the council’s March 13-16 meeting. The council will then develop recommendations on fishery proposals for the Federal Subsistence Board, prior to the Board’s May 8-10 meeting.

Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the web at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

Alaska Community Forest grants available

The Alaska Community Forestry Program is offering grants to local governments and nonprofits for planning, inventorying and managing urban trees and forests, Arbor Day events, demonstrating innovative techniques for planting and maintaining trees, using trees to solve community problems, and educational programs.

Grants are intended for projects that would not otherwise be funded. The deadline for the application to be received by the Division of Forestry is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. For more information and an application, visit www.dnr.state.ak.us/forestry/ community/grants.htm or call 269-8465/8466.



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