Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Youth Restoration Corps thanks all who helped with pike program

Youth Restoration Corps for the past six years has been restoring habitat here in Southcentral Alaska. Now with our YRC mobile educational trailer we are expanding our hands-on education into the area schools.

Therefore, it gives us great pleasure to thank those sponsors who helped us in our first northern pike educational program. Ms. Teresa Zinck's sixth-grade class of North Star Elementary really enjoyed learning about pike.

This growing problem from the introduction of northern pike here on the Kenai Peninsula has been creating growing concerns for resource managers both federal and state. The final outcome could be divesting to our anadromous streams that support both a commercial and sport fish industry.

These young leaders had the opportunity to learn when pike were first introduced on the peninsula, what they feed on, their habits and habitat. On April 3, Trooper Ralf Lydahl of Detachment B talked to them about transportation of live fish and why it is illegal, and concerns that state fishery resource managers have over the spread of pike.

On April 4, they fished Stormy Lake, gathering information about pike feeding habits. Though we didn't catch any pike, which is good from a resource side, we did learn about ice fishing and what it looks like under the ice with our underwater cam. Mrs. Zinck's class was great to work with. They're interested and concerned, and they understand this is their community.

Youth Restoration Corps would like to thank our sponsors and supporters who helped make this educational program come to together: Fish America Foundation; United Cook Inlet Drift Association; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Alaska State Troopers Division of Fish & Wildlife Protection; Tanaina Corporation; Salamatof Tribal Council; Udelhoven Oilfield Service; Anchorage Sand & Gravel; Phillips Alaska Inc; Totem Ocean Express Trucking Inc; Alaska Conservation Foundation; Forestry Suppliers Inc; America Honda Foundation; Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

We would also like to thank Ms. Zinck's class. Your interest and help has paved the way to continue this educational awareness program next year.

Kelly Wolf, director,

Youth Restoration Corps

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