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March 3, 2013 10:37 pm2 commentsViews: 202

What to do about irresponsible camping along Exit   Glacier Road?  

RBCA is hosting a public forum to begin to identify permanent solutions to this chronic and complex issue.

March 20th at the Seward Marine Center

Rae Building Auditorium, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

It is no secret that some campers along Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer) Road can at times be an unruly lot, especially during our busy summers. Law enforcement personnel are often overwhelmed by the number of call-outs to this area over the 4th of July holiday, often responding to accidents and crimes alike.

This public forum will invite all stakeholders to discuss the challenges and begin to identify potential solutions. Key stakeholders include the surrounding land management agencies (DNR, USFS, NPS & CIRI), State Troopers, and local residents.

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Twice a year the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) organizes citizen volunteers to remove and dispose of the trash left at campsites by irresponsible visitors of the BoxCanyon area and along miles 2 to 6 of Exit   Glacier Road. Local residents do their best to keep this area clean in between the organized clean-ups. There are approximately twenty unofficial campsites in this area, producing a staggering amount of garbage. Often campsites are abandoned with sometimes months of garbage and human waste left for others to deal with. At Box Canyon several cars have been abandoned and one was lit on fire. The number of beer and alcohol bottles, as well as spent firearm rounds is overwhelming.

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In mid-July, 2012, the Soldotna 4-H group spent a half day working with RBCA to clean up BoxCanyon and a few other sites along Exit   Glacier Road. Their 4-H Coordinator was shocked and amazed that this magnitude of abuse is tolerated.

Please save this date and plan on attending so that your knowledge and ideas can be part of a solution. The public must get involved or this problem will continue to have negative impacts on locals, visitors, and wildlife.

 Camping abuse along Exit Glacier Road and the Box Canyon camping area

March 20th at the Seward Marine Center Rae Building Auditorium, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

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2 Comments

  • mountainocean

    What a coincidence, I was just watching the Alaska State Troopers episode from this last 4th of July. Had no idea there were so many people out there over the holiday. The episode is on Net Flix streaming, season two.

    A dumpster at the first gates would help.

    Paul T.

  • I was just thinking the same thing! I have heard several ppl say they would love to be on AST while they film here in Seward over the 4th of July.