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


(Anchorage, AK) – Get outdoors and help Alaska State Parks celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering on a local trail project on June 1 and 8. A summary of the National Trail Day cleanups sponsored by Alaska State Parks is provided below.

Mat-Su Lakes State Recreation Area near Palmer:  Alaska State Parks will host a work party at the MSLSRA  on Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., to continue work begun last year on a reroute of the West end of the Long Lake connector trail. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot by the lake. Activities will include digging, brushing, cutting, lopping, moving wheelbarrows full of gravel, cutting tread, and laying a surface on a reroute for a popular mountain bike, hiking, and trail-running route. An afternoon barbeque is planned for all volunteers. Park rangers and staff will lead a nature-based scavenger hunt with prizes for children ages 3-12.

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow:  Alaska State Parks will host a work party at Red Shirt Lake Trail on Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., focusing on replacing a damaged boardwalk, brushing and clearing the trail and spring cleanup activities. Volunteers will meet at the South Rolly Lake Overlook at 9:30 a.m. for handouts, a safety briefing, and snacks. This is an all-ages event, so bring your family and friends. Volunteers should come prepared with gloves, eye protection, sturdy boots and loppers if they have them.

Chugach State Park near Anchorage:  REI, SAGA, and Chugach State Park will host an event Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to work on the Indian Valley Trail. Volunteers will meet at the Indian Valley trailhead. Scope of work includes brushing trail, removing invasive weeds, removing a bridge, hauling out material, and drainage work. Children’s activities will include bird vetch removal and a hike with a SAGA team member. This is not a dog-friendly event. Please bring your own work gloves, snacks and water.

Chena River State Recreation Area near Fairbanks:  Alaska State Parks will host an event at the Granite Tors Trailhead on Saturday, June 1, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the trailhead, located at Mile 39 Chena Hot Springs Road. There will be fun for the whole family and kids and dogs are welcome! The boardwalk is in need of some TLC and the volunteer crew will work on replacing damaged sections. Everything will be laid out for ease of installation – participants will be encouraged to leave a personal mark on their work.

Douglas Island near JuneauTrail Mix will host an event on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Outer Point Trail on Douglas Island.

Kachemak Bay State Park near HomerFriends of Kachemak Bay State Park and Alaska State Parks will host at least four all-day events on Saturday, and Sunday June 8 and 9. Volunteers will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the Homer Spit on the right or south side, of the Seafarers Memorial, for transport by water taxi to the state park. These events are first come, first serve, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. Sign up at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer or call Roger at 299-2246 or Melisse at 235-6688 to sign up or ask questions. There will be a $20 water taxi fee at time of sign up. PLEASE NO DOGS. Alaska State Parks will provide hand tools; bring your lunch, water, gloves and snacks. No power tools, please.

The Kachemak Bay State Park event choices are as follows:

  • Grewingk Glacier Family/nature hike: Glacier Spit to Grewingk Lake, back over Saddle to Saddle Trailhead, 24 to 36 people, families, kid friendly and led by famous Naturalists.
  • Ski Trail: developing new ski trail between Glacier Spit to connect with Humpy Creek and Grewingk Lake trails, 12 volunteers, lopping and brushing, light to moderate work, hike out to Saddle at end of day.
  • Saddle Trail: tread work, grade reduction, development at Saddle, 12 volunteers needed.
  • Beach Clean up: hike several miles of beach and pick up beach debris and litter, 6 to 12 volunteers needed.

For more information about Trails Day events hosted by Alaska State Parks, please contact Darcy Harris at darcy.harris@alaska.gov or 269-8699, or visit the Trails Program Office website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aktrails/.


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