State considers making Lower Kasilof special use area

Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010

A state agency is proposing to create a special use area surrounding the lower Kasilof River as a way to address concerns about the impact of personal use fisheries on the area during the summer months.

The Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water Southcentral Regional Land Office initiated the process of designating what it has dubbed the "Kasilof River Special Use Area."

The move, announced by DNR in a press release issued on Monday afternoon, comes as a response to the "overwhelming public and agency concerns regarding the impacts from the intense use patterns on state land during the personal use fisheries surrounding the mouth of the Kasilof River."

The proposed unit would include 2,965 acres that includes tidal and submerged lands. The boundaries would reach approximately four river miles upstream from the mouth and extend a mile north and south along the coast from the outlet, as well as west a ways into Cook Inlet.

The draft decision opened for a 45 day public comment period beginning Friday and can be viewed online at: .

Comments must be received by Nov. 15.

Two informational public meetings are planned as well.

The first will be held in Anchorage at Central Middle School on Oct 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The second will be held in Kasilof at Tustumena Elementary School on Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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