Refuge open to Christmas tree cutting
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees are free for personal use, with a limit of one tree per household.
Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is allowed in the refuge headquarters and visitor center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons.
For more information, contact refuge headquarters at 262-7021.
Biologist to discuss bears Saturday
Bear biologist Dr. Steve Stringham will discuss the body language of bears at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center Saturday at 1 p.m.
Stringham will discuss his research into bears, his life raising orphaned cubs, some new video footage of two cubs with which he is currently working and information about bear viewing issues on the west side of Cook Inlet.
The educational and fun event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 283-1991.
Federal Subsistence Board seeking comment
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting comment on proposed changes to the 2003-2004 subsistence management regulations for the harvest of wildlife on federal lands and waters in Alaska.
Proposed changes affect federal subsistence open seasons, harvest limits, methods and means for taking wildlife, and customary use determinations. Changes approved by the board will take effect July 1, 2003.
Comments should reference the proposal number and be sent to the board by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax at (907) 786-3898; or by mail to Federal Subsistence Board, Office of Subsistence Management, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Comments received by Jan. 6 will be provided to 10 regional advisory councils for discussion during February and March meetings. Comments submitted after the winter regional meetings will be considered by the board at its spring meeting, scheduled for May 18-19 in Anchorage.
In addition to written comments, the public is welcome to testify at any of the regional advisory meetings or at the board meeting in May.
For copies of the proposal book or additional information, visit the federal subsistence program's Web site at http://alaska.fws. gov/asm/home.html or call the Office of Subsistence Management at (800)877-8339.
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