Wilderness Volunteers: 2017 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska) Service Trip
The vast Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, 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 established to conserve moose, bears, mountain goats, Dall sheep, wolves and other furbearers, salmonoids and other fish, waterfowl and other migratory and nonmigratory birds. Due to this variety, the Refuge is considered by many visitors to represent Alaska in miniature. As a protected wildlife sanctuary, Kenai NWR fulfills international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats, ensures water quality and necessary water quantity within the Refuge and provides opportunities for scientific research, interpretation, environmental education, land management training and outstanding opportunities for fish and wildlife-oriented recreation.
Our service project included conducting trail maintenance on the remote Cottonwood Creek Trail, which winds into the Refuge mountains on the south shore of Skilak Lake, one of the two large fresh water lakes on the inland peninsula. We began our project with a boat ride across Skilak Lake to the Cottonwood Creek Trail head where we spent the week tent camping on Skilak Lake at the mouth of Cottonwood Creek, allowing us easy access to work on the Cottonwood Creek trail.
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2017 Kenai NWR