Outdoors Briefs

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2006

Application deadline set

The deadline for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge summer Youth Conservation Corps job applications is the end of the business day April 28 at refuge headquarters. Participants will work 40 hours a week from June 12 through Aug. 4. Job duties include trail maintenance, campground cleanup, litter collection, biological assistance and visitor services. For more information, call 262-7021.

Dates change for cleanup

Due to persistent snow conditions, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has changed the date for its cleanup/greenup event from today to May 5.

Teams will pick up trash in the refuge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, starting from refuge headquarters in Soldotna and returning there for a picnic lunch afterward. For more information or to volunteer, call 262-7021.

Clean course offered

Lake Clark National Park, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Kachemak Bay Ecotourism Network are offering an instructor course for the Leave No Trace ecotourism program.

The two-day course will be held April 29 and April 30 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and is open to ecotourism operators, guides, educators, agency employees and other outdoor professionals interested in teaching skills and techniques for reducing the impacts of outdoor recreational activities.

Chugach proposal perused

The Forest Service has scheduled several meetings to review a Chugach National Forest environmental impact statement for Kenai winter access.

The statement was drafted using input gathered from workshops conducted last year.

Meetings are scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 3 in Moose Pass at the school, May 4 at the Soldotna Sports Center and May 6 in Cooper Landing May 6.

Kayak festival on horizon

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2006 Kachemak Kayak Fest on May 26, 27 and 28. The event will feature classes, workshops and excursions that will last until May 30.

For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest.com

Baiting permits available

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are available. The permits are free and can be obtained at refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All black bear hunters hunting over bait on the refuge must obtain a permit.

For more information call refuge headquarters at 262-7021.

Survey training offered

The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians have announced a certification program for licensed land surveyors performing boundary surveys in Indian country.

For more information on the certification, visit the Certified Federal Surveyor program Web site at: www.blm.gov/cadastral/cfeds/cfeds.html.

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