Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board and Seward projects

Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board

(Anchorage, AK) – The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 15-member board.

The role of the advisory board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters involving Chugach State Park, to promote protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate communication between the public and the park managers. The board meets on a monthly basis and each member is expected to serve on two committees.

Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year. Applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January 2013.

The deadline to submit a board member application is Nov. 8. An application form may be obtained at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/chugachstateprkappv6.pdf.

Board members represent a broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by Chugach State Park. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the board’s bylaws call upon each member to represent the broad public interest, consistent with park purposes, rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

The time commitment for board members is roughly eight hours per month. Board meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, starting at 6 p.m. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending on project needs and deadlines. Current committees include: Access, Budget, Nominations, Trails, Planning, Seward Highway Design and Wildlife.

If you have any questions, please call 907-345-5014 and ask to speak with Chugach State Park Superintendent Tom Harrison.

Legal Notice

Opportunity to comment on proposed projects on the Chugach National Forest

The Forest Service, Chugach National Forest, Seward and Glacier Ranger Districts, are preparing Decision Memos for renewal of the following Outfit and Guide special use permits:

Seward Ranger District:

SEW385- Kenai Cache Outfitter- Freshwater fishing on the Upper Kenai River, Quartz Cr, Russian River Angler Trail, and Crescent Cr.

SEW386- Victor Emanuel Nature Tours- Bird watching/hiking, Trail River C.G., Ptarmigan C.G., Tern Lake day use area, Granite Cr C.G., and Primrose C.G.

SEW390- Country Walkers- Hiking on Lost Lake Trail and Russian River Falls Trail.

SEW391- Austin-Lehman Adventures- Guided hiking/biking on the Russian Lakes Trail, Johnson Pass Trail, Byron Glacier Trail, and Crow Pass Trail.

SEW393- All Alaska Outdoors- Hiking/small game hunting/fishing on Crater/Crescent Lake Trail, Lost Lake Trail, Ptarmigan Trail, and Paradise Lake Trail.

SEW392- Angle 45 Adventures- Freshwater fishing at Grant Cr, Russian River Angle Trail, Sixmile Cr, Quartz Cr, Crescent Cr, and Ptarmigan Cr.

SEW395- Alaska Fly Fishing Adventures-Freshwater fishing on Johnson/Bench Lakes and Russian River.



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SEW397- Alaska Outdoors- Hiking on Russian Lakes Trail, Byron Glacier Trail, and Gull Rock Trail

SEW398- Alaska Wilderness Guides- Hiking on Lost Lake Trail, Ptarmigan Trail, Bryon Glacier Trail, and Carter Lake Trail

SEW399- Alpine Girl- Hiking and camping on Lost Lake Trail.

SEW400- Alaska Horsemen- Day horseback riding on Johnson Pass, Carter Lake Trail, Crescent Cr Trail, Resurrection Pass Trail, Quartz Cr Beach, Old Sterling Hwy, Cooper Lake Dam Road, Logging Road leading to Russian Gap, and Upper Russian Lakes Trail.

SEW506- Funny River Fjord Ranch-Day horseback riding on Crescent Cr Trail.

SEW507- Alaska’s Angling Addiction- Freshwater fishing on Crescent Cr, Upper Kenai River, Quartz Cr, and Ptarmigan Cr.

SEW508- Nature Alaska Tours- Sightseeing and hiking at Tern Lake and Ptarmigan Creek Trail

These proposed actions full description and other information regarding these actions can be obtained from: Sitka Pence, PO Box 390, Seward AK, 99664, sitkapence@fs.fed.us, 907-288-7720. Only those who provide comment or express interest in these proposal during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations.

Glacier Ranger District:

GLA609- Adventure Treks, Inc.- Hiking Crow Pass Trail

GLA594- Glacier Mountain Outfitter- Guided hunting in guide-use areas 06-06 and 06-03

GLA723-Grizzley Expedition- Guided hunting in guide use area 06-05

These proposed actions full description and other information regarding these actions can be obtained from: Teresa Paquet, PO Box 129, Girdwood AK, 99587, tpaquet@fs.fed.us, 907-754-2314. Only those who provide comment or express interest in these proposal during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations.

How to Comment and Timeframe

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Anchorage Daily Newspaper. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period.

Written comments must be submitted to Sitka Pence (Seward Ranger District) or Teresa Paquet (Glacier Ranger District) by November 11th 2012. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official’s office during normal business hours via telephone 907-288-7720 (Sitka Pence), or 907-754-2314 (Teresa Paquet) or in person, or at an official agency function (I.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.RTF), or Word (.doc) to sitkapence@fs.fed.us or tpaquet@fs.fed.us. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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