Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Subsistence board: no kings for Kenai gillnet fishery

The upcoming subsistence gillnet fishery on the Kenai River can target sockeye, but kings are off limits.  An emergency Special Action of the Federal Subsistence… Continue reading

 

Card Street Fire advances

Firefighters continued to battle the human-caused Card Street fire in Sterling, estimated to be at 2,000 acres, Tuesday evening. Crews of nearly 100 firefighters constructed… Continue reading

 

A display at the new Kenai Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center shows the Kenai Peninsula’s anadromous streams in red lights and the borders of the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in green. The new visitor center opened Friday in Soldotna.-Ben Boettger, Morris News Service - Alaska

Kenai refuge’s new visitor center opens

SOLDOTNA — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff said that their new visitor center, which began construction in 2013 and opened to the public for the… Continue reading

 

Brown bear harvest cap lowered by BOG

The Alaska Board of Game voted to give Kenai Peninsula brown bears a bit more protection by lowering the cap on how many can be… Continue reading

Young salmon, such as this silver (coho) shown above, winter in the Anchor River. ADFG biologists borrowed the fish, along with other salmon and sticklebacks, to show to about a dozen people during a field trip to Anchor River conservation sites on March 5. The fish was returned unharmed to the channel where it was caught.-Photos by Shana Loshbaugh

Variety of groups join forces to preserve the Anchor River

At first glance, the Anchor River seems remote and wild. After all, Anchor Point is small, even by Alaska standards, and the river’s headwater streams… Continue reading

Young salmon, such as this silver (coho) shown above, winter in the Anchor River. ADFG biologists borrowed the fish, along with other salmon and sticklebacks, to show to about a dozen people during a field trip to Anchor River conservation sites on March 5. The fish was returned unharmed to the channel where it was caught.-Photos by Shana Loshbaugh

Scientists, managers and public connect at Kachemak Bay Science Conference

In an ideal world, science would enlighten us about how the things around us work, and managers would use that knowledge to steward resources in… Continue reading

Breeding Bird Survey conducted by listening to songs

Breeding Bird Survey conducted by listening to songs

I saw the moon for the first time this summer. Waking up at 2 a.m. brings a new perspective to the seemingly perpetual daylight of… Continue reading

Breeding Bird Survey conducted by listening to songs
Central Emergency Services firefighter Spencer Mclean works to contain a portion of the nearly 183,000-acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire near Soldotna’s Funny River neighborhood on Sunday.-Photo by  Rashah McChesney,  Morris News Service - Alaska

Rain helping Funny River firefighters

After several days of fighting to keep the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire from burning homes in communities along the Sterling Highway and Funny River… Continue reading

Central Emergency Services firefighter Spencer Mclean works to contain a portion of the nearly 183,000-acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire near Soldotna’s Funny River neighborhood on Sunday.-Photo by  Rashah McChesney,  Morris News Service - Alaska
A plane sprays foam over a portion of the 156,041 acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Sunday May 25, 2014 in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska. Several hundred homes were evacuated after the fire flared briefly over a fire break set up about one-quarter mile south of the community.-Photo by Rashah McChesney/Morris News Service-Peninsula Clarion

Families in Funny River area evacuated

With just a few minutes notice, families in Funny River were evacuated Sunday afternoon as firefighters fought to contain the 156,041 acre wildfire that lit… Continue reading

A plane sprays foam over a portion of the 156,041 acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Sunday May 25, 2014 in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska. Several hundred homes were evacuated after the fire flared briefly over a fire break set up about one-quarter mile south of the community.-Photo by Rashah McChesney/Morris News Service-Peninsula Clarion

Open fires banned in state, federal parks

In response to current extreme fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately and until further notice, all open fires are prohibited in the Kenai… Continue reading

This map from the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team shows the current status of the Funny River Horse Trail Fire.-Map provided

Funny River Trail fire grows to 67,000 acres

High, dry winds from the southwest could increase activity on the Funny River Horse Trail fire Friday afternoon. In a press release this morning, the… Continue reading

This map from the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team shows the current status of the Funny River Horse Trail Fire.-Map provided

Funny River Trail fire grows to 67,000 acres

Smoke affects all of southcentral Alaska; Funny River Trail fire grows to 67,000 acres   High, dry winds from the southwest could increase activity on… Continue reading

Smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail fire shoots more than 8,000 feet in the air Tuesday as the fire spread to consume nearly 7,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land in less than 24 hours. Dry, windy conditions have exacerbated the fire conditions spreading it into a line stretching more than 10 miles long and about 1 mile wide.-Photo by Rashah McChesney, Morris News Service - Alaska

Funny River fire grows, blankets Homer in smoke

As the Funny River Horse Trail fire raged about 50 miles north of Homer, a long plume of smoke extending out into the Gulf of… Continue reading

Smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail fire shoots more than 8,000 feet in the air Tuesday as the fire spread to consume nearly 7,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land in less than 24 hours. Dry, windy conditions have exacerbated the fire conditions spreading it into a line stretching more than 10 miles long and about 1 mile wide.-Photo by Rashah McChesney, Morris News Service - Alaska
Kendra Bush-St Louis, right, has started work as the environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.-Photo provided

Maritime refuge hires environmental educator

Kendra Bush-St. Louis has started work as the new environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, with offices in the Alaska Islands and… Continue reading

Kendra Bush-St Louis, right, has started work as the environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.-Photo provided

New wildlife refuge visitor center taking shape in Soldotna

Despite an interruption from nature, construction for the new $6 million Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna is on schedule with the completion… Continue reading

A notice posted on the gate at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and headquarters in Soldotna informs visitors that U.S. Fish and Wildlife lands and facilities are closed, and programs and activities canceled, due to a lapse in appropriations.-Photo by Will Morrow, Peninsula Clarion

Fishing guides caught in consequences of shutdown

Cooper Landing resident Alec Lamberson had intended to take a furloughed government worker fishing Monday. Plans changed when he and other guides received a call… Continue reading

A notice posted on the gate at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and headquarters in Soldotna informs visitors that U.S. Fish and Wildlife lands and facilities are closed, and programs and activities canceled, due to a lapse in appropriations.-Photo by Will Morrow, Peninsula Clarion
Moose browse on willow bushes near Beluga Slough in the 2011 winter.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Moose population healthy, bulls recovering

In thinking about our own backyard, the wilderness and near-wilderness surrounding us isn't just our playground. It's the home of the almost 3,000 moose that… Continue reading

Moose browse on willow bushes near Beluga Slough in the 2011 winter.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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