Outdoors with John Perkovich

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

This past week I have spent helping many of my Alaskan neighbors with their lawn work, garden preparation, and tree removal. I even helped build a spruce tree revetment on the end of Funny River Road. It is nice to see so many of our Alaskan people out taking care of their property and being good stewards of it by protecting the scenic beauty of it as well as protecting and preserving it. I have seen several large groups of people picking up trash along side of our roads again this spring. What would our roadsides look like without the special dedicated efforts of these people? I think a very special thank you is in order for the special efforts of so many dedicated people in helping to keep our state the most beautiful place in the world.

River bank erosion has always been a problem no matter where you live, however there are many proven methods of fighting this problem today and some fairly reasonable solutions to dealing with it. Mike's Welding in Sterling also makes the aluminum steps and landings to help you eliminate foot traffic from damaging your part of the riverbank. All these projects or improvements really enhance your property and make it a whole lot easier to travel up and down your riverbanks while protecting them at the same time. No matter what method you chose be sure to go to the Kenai River center and get the proper permits for the job. Take along an extra can of liquid patience with you too as anytime you deal with government programs or permits your going to be tested thoroughly..... Yes I highly recommend the programs , but the paper work from what I hear and saw while attending part of their classes is an absolute paper shuffling nightmare. Just imagine dealing with the Borough, Fish & Game, DNR, Corp of Engineers and Forestry Department all at the same time! And that is all I am going to say about that!

During my travels down Funny River Road I spotted my first moose calves of the year as well as dad moose too. Actually the sharp eye award for that goes to Jim Ries who spotted the big bull several hundred yards ahead and already sporting a good sized rack, which probably even looked bigger with the covering of velvet. He was already sporting a good two feet of horn on each side. Already our minds were racing trying to think just how big this guy will be by August and the start of hunting season.

Partly because of all the extra jobs that I have been doing for people this year I have not even had time to get out fishing yet. I noticed the small minnows starting to congregate around the bottoms of the spruce trees we put in the river to stop the bank erosion there. They looked like they were going to take immediate occupancy. Another good thing about the spruce tree revetment is it also provides a safe haven for juvenile fish.

Bears have been doing a lot of damage in the Robinson Loop area as well as the Mackey Lake area. A reminder to my fellow Alaskans that this is also the time of the year that stray dogs kill a lot of our moose calves. Please keep your animals from running at large. By you choosing to be a responsible pet owner, hopefully we can prevent or at least cut way down on the moose calf kills done by dogs.

Once again this is the time of the year to hit our many small lakes for kokanee and rainbow trout. A simply lesson each spring to remember is you fish shallow water in the spring and deeper water in the summer. If you pack it in pack it out, do your part in keeping Alaska beautiful. If it would be up to me, littering would not be a fine it would be a permanent ban on being able to fish, hunt and being able to enjoy the beauty of Alaska. If you leave your trash behind for others to pick up you should be banned from using that resource. I have been in the wilderness of Canada and found piles of American cans 4 feet tall....Totally disgusting....

See you next week!

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