Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2000

Brown bear viewing permits available

Applications are now available for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

All applications must be post-marked no later than March 1 and must arrive in Anchorage before March 15. Applications cannot be accepted in person or by facsimile.

There is a $25 per person nonrefundable application fee. Three people may apply on a single application.

Approximately 250 permits will be awarded by a lottery.

The bear viewing season is early June through late August.

Regular permits are good for four days and are $150 for Alaska residents, $350 for nonresidents.

Standby permits are available but they do not guarantee access to Mikfik or McNeil Falls, considered prime bear watching areas. Viewing is limited to 10 people each day.

Applications may be obtained at any Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or from the Fish and Game Web site.

Career Camp scheduled for Tongass

A natural resources career camp will be held August 4 through 13 at the Tongass National Forest.

The camp offers students in 10, 11 or 12 grades an opportunity to experience a variety of natural resource management careers in the forest service.

There will be 20 openings available at the camp. There is no application fee and accommodations are provided.

Applications are available from high school counselors, U.S. Forest Service offices or from camp coordinator Sandy Russell. Russell can be contacted at the Sitka Ranger District at (907) 747-4216 or by e-mail at srussell/r10_chapman@fs.fed.us. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2000.

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