Earth Day celebrations start Saturday, April 26 at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Activities start at noon, go until 6 p.m. and include films, booths, workshops, storytelling, a parade and music.
There will be a Beluga Slough Trail Dedication with poetry in place by Wendy Erd, and community beach action with Mavis Muller. An artist reception at 6 p.m. and keynote speaker Shannyn Moore at 7:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Conservation Society with support from Alaska Maritime National Refuge.
Award winning novelist Alice Sebold will act as this year’s keynote presenter at the 2014 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer.
The June 13-17 conference will be held at Land’s End Resort, and features 17 other award-winning, nationally recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.
Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open “mic.” Evening readings on June 15-17 by visiting writers will be open to the general public at no charge.
May 2 is the deadline for the conference’s early registration fee of $375.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has scheduled additional open houses to gather public input on its planning process for revising the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan. The open houses will be:
• 5-7 p.m., April 29, at the Multi Purpose Complex in Seldovia; 12-2 p.m., May 9, at the Port Graham Community Hall; 5:30-7:30 p.m., May 13, at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center auditorium in Homer
The purpose of the plan revision is to address issues the park is facing due to changing patterns in recreational use and increased visitation, as well as updating recommendations for park management and facility development. Additionally, a trail plan will be developed to provide specific guidance for trail management and development in these areas.
Planning staff will be available to discuss issues, gather information, and learn more about current or future goals and uses related to the management plan revision. These open houses provide an opportunity for the planning team to include local input in the early stages of plan development. To view the existing park plan and learn more about this process, visit: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/kbay/kbayplan.htm Written comments are encouraged throughout the planning process. The deadline for submitting initial scoping comments is May 15, 2014. They can be sent via mail, email or fax to: Kachemak Bay State Park Planning, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050, Anchorage, AK 99501, Fax: 907-269-8915, Email: email@example.com.
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