Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

Kenai River Cleanup slated for Saturday

The Alaska Fly Fishers have organized their 10th annual Kenai River Cleanup for Saturday on the upper Kenai River. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome to participate.

The day starts with a $6 per person, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Cooper Landing Senior Center. Proceeds benefit the center.

Volunteers should then plan to meet in the Russian River Ferry parking lot at 9 a.m.

From the Russian River Ferry, volunteers will be dispersed along the upper Kenai River to collect trash along banks and trails, in parking lots and in other areas. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Cleanup generally concludes by 5 p.m. A complimentary barbecue dinner and raffle for all the volunteers is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Division of Forestry urges caution with campfires

With hunters trekking through the woods and using campfires for warmth due to on-going cool weather and rainfall, the Alaska Division of Forestry is urging caution when starting a fire.

Fires can smolder in peat for several weeks and resurface when the weather is drier, and curing grasses will add fuel to potential fires during the next few weeks.

Campfires should be built only on dirt, sand or gravel and should be extinguished completely with water before campers leave the area.

Mountain bike plan available for comment

The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft strategic action plan for the management of mountain bicycle use on public lands. The BLM is encouraging the public to share experiences and ideas regarding mountain bike use and to make recommendations on the plan through Sept. 25.

The draft plan may be viewed at any BLM office or online at www.blm.gov/mountain_bike. A copy may be requested by mail by sending a request to Margy Tidemann, BLM-Worland Field Office, P.O. Box 119, Worland, WY 82401-0119.

Comments may be e-mailed or sent via mail to Tim Smith, Team Lead, National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan, BLM California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1834, Sacramento, CA 95825-1886.

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