More than 150 diverse groups will celebrate the 98th birthday of the Chugach National Forest Saturday in Cooper Landing at the Festival of the Forest, an event to promote a healthy forest. Festivities will take place at Pioneer Village at Mile 48 of the Sterling Highway, next to the Kenai River boat launch.
The event kicks off with the Chugach Challenge Triathlon, a running, biking and boating competition, with race registration at 7:45 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m.
The Festival of the Forest kicks off at 10 a.m. with musical performances slated to start at 11 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. Seminars also will be offered, with a wildflower walk at 1 p.m., a presentation for the Bird Treatment and Learning Center at 2 p.m., a bear safety workshop at 3 p.m., a Wilderness Society presentation at 4 p.m., and a presentation on brown bear country with Will Troyer at 5 p.m.
The Alaska Fly Fishers will be on hand for fly-tying demonstrations, and Ridge Top Construction will be doing a log home demonstration. The festival also will include more than 30 booths as well as kids’ activities.
For more information, visit the Alaska Center for the Environment’s Web site at www.akcenter.org or call Bobbie Jo Skibo at (907) 274-3662.
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