Outdoor briefs

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

Seasonal snowmachine closure in effect

Turnagain Pass is closed to snowmobiling as of today. All areas of the Chugach National Forest are now closed to snowmachining because snow cover is no longer adequate to prevent resource damage in the forest.

Those using the backcountry are urged to use precaution. For more information on the closure, call the Anchorage office at (907) 271-2500 or the Seward office at (907) 424-7661.

Join Homer resident for bird walk

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is sponsoring a morning bird walk Saturday with Mossy Kilcher, a lifelong Homer resident. Those interested should meet at the Seaside Farm parking area on East Road at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 per person and $20 per family.

All proceeds go to the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's land conservation work. Call 235-5263 for more information.

Volunteer for National Trails Day

The Chugach National Forest trail crew needs volunteers to participate in the annual National Trails Day. This year workers are meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Crescent Creek trail head in Cooper Landing near the Sunrise Inn. Volunteers will be cutting trees from the trail and improving drainage, so they should bring work gear and lunch.

For more information, call Susan McKee at 288-3178 ext.111.

Tour Toby Tyler's garden

As part of its summer program, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is hosting walks through the garden of Homer resident artist Toby Tyler at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Monday through June 8.

The program costs $10 per person and $20 per family. All proceeds go to the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's land conservation work. Call 235-5263 for more information.

Outdoor Club to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the HEA conference room.

For more information call 260-4078.

Tour historic Kasilof

Join teacher/historian Terri Carter to learn about early Native life on the Kenai Peninsula, see the first cannery and visit the Victor Holm cabin on June 16. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the Kasilof Mercantile.

All proceeds go to the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's land conservation work. Call 235-5263 for more information.

Denali National Park is on the web

The National Park Service and Denali National Park and Preserve have launched two upgraded Web sites designed to provide essential information for visitors to the park. They can be found at www.nps.gov/dena/home and www.denalinationalpark.com.

For additional information call 1-800-276-7234.

Railroad reminds people to stay off the tracks

The Alaska Railroad is reminding fishers, backpackers and other backcountry travelers to stay off the railroad tracks.

A fully loaded gravel train traveling at 49 miles per hour takes more than a mile to stop.

The railroad does patrol areas used to gain access to fishing areas. Trespassing on railroad property is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.



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