The vast Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), nearly two million acres in size, encompasses the large peninsula south of Anchorage, Alaska. The refuge, characterized by diverse habitats covered with high, dense vegetation, was first established in 1941 as the Kenai National Moose Range and later designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1980. The refuge includes every Alaskan habitat type and protects moose, brown bears, black bears, dall sheep, wolves and caribou, as well as salmon, trout, and many other migratory and nonmigratory birds.
Our service project is conducting trail maintenance on the remote Emma Lake Trail, which winds into the Andy Simmons Wilderness Unit via the northwest shore of Tustumena Lake, the largest fresh water lake on the inland peninsula. We will begin our project with a boat ride from Kasilof River, across Tustumena Lake to our basecamp for the week. Our project for the week will be to construct a bridge over Emma Creek, construct re-routes and switch-backs to reduce trail grade and improve drainage, construct other erosion control devices on the trail, and preform routine trail maintenance on the Emma Lake Trail. From basecamp at the trailhead, participants will hike up to 3 miles each morning to & from the work site.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
This project is designated as a non-smoking trip.
Check out more photos from last year's Kenai NWR project in our gallery.
Please note that this is one of the more difficult strenuous projects. Participants should expect to hike over 3 miles to & from the worksite each day, with a 2,400 ft elevation change. Be prepared to challenge yourself!
Come join us for an Alaskan adventure and give something back to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge!
**Note: Participants on Alaska projects must have paid for their airfare at least two months before the start date and furnish this information to the leaders. We have discovered that folks who do not have firm travel plans by this time often cancel, and these projects are hard to fill at the last minute.
Jul 22nd - Jul 28th 2018
Trail maintenance on the Emma Lake Trail.
Wildlife viewing, hike to Emma Lake, explore alpine areas and surrounding peaks adjacent to the proj
Strenuous : ~3mi daily hikes to worksite (2,400 ft elevation gain), digging, bending, lifting, hauling, sawing,