Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2004

Refuge opens to snowmachine use

Portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will open to snowmachine use beginning Saturday. The majority of the refuge will be open to snowmachining; closed areas include the headquarters area on Ski Hill Road, the Skilak Loop special management area, the Swanson River and Swan Lake canoe systems, the Wolf Lake pipeline corridor, and areas above timberline, except for the Caribou Hills.

New snowmachine users should contact the refuge for a map and regulations before venturing afield.

Refuge manager Robin West advises that most of the areas to be opened have adequate snow for safe snowmachine travel, however, some areas still have less than 12 inches of snow, making rocks and stumps potentially dangerous. Also, many bodies of water on the refuge are not yet safe to cross with snowmachines.

For more information, contact the refuge at 262-7021, visit the Web site at www.kenai.fws.gov or visit refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Wilderness first responder course offered

Deborah Ajango is sponsoring an intensive backcountry medical training course in Anchorage from Jan. 28 through Feb. 6, 2005.

This 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder course will enable students to deal with medical emergencies in the field. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and those who spend time in remote areas. Graduates will receive WFR certification by Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as BLS level CPR and anaphylaxis certification.

Call Deb at (907) 258-3171 or e-mail deb@awrta.org for location and registration information. For course descriptions and future offerings, call toll-free (888) WILDMED or log on to www.wildmed.com.

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