Wednesday there will be a public forum on several proposed changes in the
Kodiak national Wildife Refuge. Speakers will discuss three items affecting
areas near the O'Malley River, Den Mountain and at public use cabins.
O'Malley River used to be open for bear-viewing, says Bryan Glaspell, the visitor services manager for the refuge, but it's been closed for
some time, and the proposed change would re-open it.
Wednesday (Dec. 2) afternoon will be hosted by students at Kodiak College, in room 110
at 4 p.m. Glaspell and Larry Van Dael of the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust will be
the presenters. It is open to the public.
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Creek is at the southern end of Karluk Lake. Glaspell says the proposal to
reopen the area came as the result of a decade-long comprehensive conservation
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managed by the state.")
He said the
proposal has a good deal of support:
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proposed rule would ban snowmachining in about 5,000 acres of refuge land near
Den Mountain, north of Terror Bay:
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proposed rule would bar camping from within a quarter-mile of any public use
cabins in the refuge.
timelines, the bear-viewing at the O'Malley River wouldn't' start until 2011 at
the earliest. The snowmachining and camping rules are about to be published in
the Federal Register as final rules. Then, the public will have 30 more days to