Summer Host for Government Peak Chalet
As summer approaches the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation is considering applications for a summer Chalet Hosts. This position works closely with the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation to help monitor the Chalet at Government Peak through the summertime when our rental activity and Government Peak Recreation Area use increases. Finding the right caretakers is important for us and we will be coordinating our efforts with the Mat-Su Borough to ensure a steady presence at the Chalet. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. If you are interested please download the our application for consideration. You may contact our office at 907-746-8757, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Trail Work on the Nancy Lake Cross-Country Ski Trail System
Contributor: Emily Angel, Interpretation and Education Program Manager
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Terrific progress was made this month on the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Cross-Country Ski Trails. The project was funded by a Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation grant. A cutting crew from Denali State Park, including Park Specialist Justin DiPaola-Allen and Natural Resource Technician Carter Forney, were assisted by students from the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School Forestry program, who provided some muscle for the project. They accomplished some timber felling, brush cutting, and hauling debris off the trail at an accelerated rate. Thanks to all for the help!
The cutting crew, (Right) Natural Resource Technician Carter Forney, Park Specialist Justin DiPaola-Allen, and Park Specialist Vic Stanculescu, clean up the Nancy Lake cross-country ski trail system.
Mat-Su Career and Technical High School Forestry (Below) students pose with their instructor, Galen Sparks and Willow Area Park Specialist Vic Stanculescu.
Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation – April 16 2017
As winter ebbs to spring and we patiently wait through break-up to get back out on the trails, now is the time to prepare those trail project grant applications. Our next grant cycle deadline is June 1st 2017. We encourage to work with our staff early in the process to discuss your project and get all the materials submitted for review. Please go to our website to download grant guidelines and application materials. www.matsutrails.org
Contributor ~ Kathryn Swartz
I value the accessibility of wilderness spaces here in the Mat-Su. There is a beautiful place where my family and I go to walk, occasionally, but regularly. Just a five minute drive from our neighborhood, there is an access point to the Little Susitna River where you can wander down to the river and walk up and down for quite a ways.
We visit this spot all throughout the year in any kind of weather, from the hottest summer days when we cool off with our feet in pools of icy water to a cold winter day with snow so deep you can barely walk. Our children have seen the river at flood stage when it is overflowing its banks and almost touching the underside of the bridge that crosses it. We have walked along the edge of the river in late fall when the water is just a few inches above the rocks and starting to freeze along the edges. In the summer, the river fills with salmon, keeping this little ecosystem intact and feeding the bald eagles in late fall. I always see something different each time. Some days I marvel at the giant Cottonwood trees. Other times I notice that every little willow has been topped by moose. In our most recent visit, we broke off large pieces of ice and sent them floating like icebergs down the river.
My husband introduced us to river crossing. Now, we all wear waterproof boots and at some point along the way, we cross to the other side, learning how to balance on slippery rocks and stand in the rushing current. Even just a half hour of exploring fills us with stories to share later in the day. It’s a special place, like so many other special places here in our community.
See you on the trail!
Kathy Swartz is the Board Chair for the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation. To learn more about Kathy and our other board members visit ~ www.matsutrails.org