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State Parks to host National Trails Day events throughout Alaska in June


(Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to get outdoors and help Alaska State Parks celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering on a local trail project June 7 and 8. A summary of the National Trail Day projects sponsored by Alaska State Parks is provided below.

Kachemak Bay State Park near Homer Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park and Alaska State Parks will host a minimum of eight all-day projects on Saturday, and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Participants must sign up at the Homer Wilderness Leaders office in Homer prior to June 7, located at 1554 Homer Spit Road. Pre-registered volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. on the south side of the Seafarers Memorial, located on the Homer Spit, for transport by water taxi to the state park. Alaska State Parks will provide hand tools; bring your lunch, water, gloves, and snacks, but no power tools or four-legged friends please. Contact Ranger Roger MacCampbell for more information at 299-2246.

Hatcher Pass Management Area near Palmer Alaska State Parks will host trail construction and maintenance work at the Hatcher Pass Mile 16 Bike Trail on Saturday, June 7. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. in the parking area at Mile 12 of the Palmer Fishhook Road; look for the state parks banner. Alaska State Parks will provide all tools; bring work gloves if you have them.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, but please leave the four-legged friends at home. Volunteers are welcome to bring bikes and take a few turns down the 1.8-mile trail at the end of the day. Trail work will wrap up at 4 p.m. Contact Ranger Amy O’Connor for more information at 354-1807 or amy.oconnor@alaska.gov.

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow Alaska State Parks will host a National Trails Day work party at the Red Shirt Lake Trail on Saturday, June 7. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the South Rolly Overlook at Mile 6 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, which is accessed from Mile 67 of the Parks Highway.  The day will begin with a 45-minute orientation, including sign-in and tool up. Please be advised that this is also the Red Shirt Run Day and trail work will begin after runners all exit the trail. Loppers and gloves are available to volunteers who do not bring their own. The skill level will be basic and kids and dogs are welcome, with a naturalist display at the overlook, appropriate for all ages, available between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Trail work will end at 4 p.m. and it will be followed by a potluck, with baked beans and cornbread provided. Daily parking fees for trail volunteers will be waived.  Please contact Park Specialist Vic Stanculescu for more information at 495-6212 or victor.stanculescu@ak.gov .

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