Following is the third in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, 2018, with authors from Kachemak Bay Birders.
(Editor’s Note: The following recently was presented as Kachemak Bay Birders’ testimony to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and submitted as a Point of View piece.)
The Kachemak Bay Birders appreciates the recognition that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission is giving to ongoing user problems at Bishop’s Beach and Beluga Slough. These problems impact the quality of these sites as well as the enjoyment and safety of the many area residents and visitors that use Bishop’s Beach and Beluga Slough.
Budget cuts recently requested by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Of course that’s not the way ADF&G would prefer to say it, but that’s the reality.
Alaska needs better permitting. Resource development project permitting in Alaska is at the proverbial fork in the road. For years the state of Alaska followed a rocky road filled with potholes — a landscape now littered with blown-out tires.