Collaborative Planning on the Kenai Peninsula

Skilak Glacier, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Matthew Strausser, USFWS.

Thousands of residents, a long list of public agencies, Alaska Native Tribes, and one of the biggest engines of Alaska tourism all call the Kenai Peninsula home, in addition to the world-class king salmon and moose that help make it a special place.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist John Morton recently wrote in the Peninsula Clarion. about a workshop that brought together more than 80 people to find ways to work together in new ways. Morton emphasized that there is a shared interested in having the smartest, most collaborative minds together.

“But there are some landscape-scale issues that simply know no boundaries, and this is the role that interagency and citizen-driven partnerships fill. The All Lands – All Hands partnership strategically places fuel breaks around communities to help stop wildfires that might not otherwise stop when they burn to the boundaries of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership works to protect, maintain, restore and enhance fish habitat wherever it may occur, helped by the Partners for Fish &Wildlife Program and the National Fish Passage Program. Interagency partners in the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area work as a team to eradicate and contain invasive plant species.”

Read more from Morton here.

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