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Kenai Fjords National Park Will Host Scenario Discussions with the Public on Thursday, August 23, 2018

Seward, AK – Kenai Fjords National Park will host scenario discussions related to the park’s future Frontcountry Management Plan, which includes the Exit Glacier area on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m in the large meeting room of the Seward Community Library. The public is invited to participate in these discussions, which will help inform the Frontcountry Management Plan.

Within Kenai Fjords National Park, the Exit Glacier area is the most frequently visited area of the park, having received 167,600 visitors in 2017. Many visitors come with long-standing expectations of touching Exit Glacier. However, Exit Glacier has retreated over 441 meters (1446 feet) since the last Exit Glacier Area Management Plan in 2004. The substantial retreat of Exit Glacier has caused a number of management issues, including addressing visitor expectations, safety, both trail and off-trail use and access to the glacier by commercial operators. Visitation has also steadily increased since the last management plan.

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This meeting will lead public discussions exploring different scenarios that will look at various rates of Exit Glacier retreat as well as changes in visitation numbers in order to identify management strategies across all scenarios. These scenario discussions and the Frontcountry Plan are expected to inform and address long-term management of the Exit Glacier area.

www.nps.gov/kefj

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