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Wilderness Volunteers

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK (Jul 12th - Jul 18th 2020)

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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.

Give back this year on this amazing Alaskan project. For 2020, our group of volunteers will work on multiple day-use trails located within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge that was damaged by the 2019 Swan Lake Fire. Approximately 16 miles of 8 Refuge trails were affected, and in some cases, heavily impacted, by the 187,000-acre wildfire that actively burned throughout most of the summer of 2019. Work will include building / replacing /reconstructing burned and damaged structures within affected trail segments. Structures include wooden footbridges, bog bridges, puncheons, turnpikes, check steps and boardwalks using both treated dimensional lumber, as well as, native materials. Damaged structures will be removed and minor site preparation (digging, backfilling, stabilizing) will also be accomplished prior to re-establishment of structures. Applicants should expect a daily one-way hiking commute of 1-2 miles with mild elevation gains.
Volunteers will have the chance to explore the numerous hiking trails, abundant scenic vistas, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Give back to this unforgettable refuge where they need it the most! Fishing and guided raft trips on the Kenai River are offered by a variety of local businesses and are very popular with visitors.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from last year's Kenai NWR project in our gallery.

Please note that this is one of the more difficult active projects. Participants should expect to hike no more than 4 miles round trip to the work site each day, with minimal elevation gains. Come in shape and 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.

Dates

Jul 12th - Jul 18th 2020

Service Project

Asses & attend to structures including wooden footbridges, bog bridges, puncheons, turnpikes, check

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Free Days

Many hiking trails, abundant scenic vistas, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Fishing, raft trips.

Accommodations

Tent/car camping in designated campground or in a public use cabin

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Up to ~4 miles, RT daily hikes to the worksite, digging, bending, lifting, hauling, sawing.

Leaders

Steve Breitbach
Linda Altenhofen

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