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1 Knik River Watershed Group Our mission is to sustain the Knik River watershed to ensure use and enjoyment for current and future generations. View from Bodenburg Butte across wetlands and Knik River to Knik Glacier. b.l. Doug loyd December 2004 Presentation to Public Agencies

2 1.Realize sustainable management on public lands to protect natural resources and accommodate motorized and non- motorized recreation. 2.Mitigation, restoration and improvements as appropriate to protect watershed resources. 3.Enhance public understand of watershed resources. Knik River Watershed Group Our Goals

3 Knik River Watershed

4 Stakeholders Knik River Valley Alaska Department of Natural Resources Alaska Department of Natural Resources Matanuska-Susitna Borough Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska Department of Fish & Game Alaska Department of Fish & Game US Fish and Wildlife Service US Fish and Wildlife Service National Parks Service National Parks Service The people who live here The people who live here User Groups User Groups Eklutna Inc. Eklutna Inc. Knik River Watershed Group Knik River Watershed Group Palmer Soil & Water Conservation District Palmer Soil & Water Conservation District Alaska State Troopers Alaska State Troopers Our Legislators Our Legislators The Wildlife The Wildlife Visitors from everywhere Visitors from everywhere Mark Simpson

5 Stakeholders Knik River Valley State of Alaska Lands GENERAL LAND OWNERSHIP

6 Outstanding Wildlife and Habitat Outstanding Wildlife and Habitat Close to Alaska’s population center, the Knik River Watershed is administered by dedicated public stewards, who are guided by Alaska statutes and regulations to protect and enhance these irreplaceable resources.

7 Outstanding Values Knik River Watershed “In any other area in the world, this place would be a National Park” (Anchorage Daily News and Anchorage Chronicle) “In any other area in the world, this place would be a National Park” (Anchorage Daily News and Anchorage Chronicle) Rich cultural and natural history Rich cultural and natural history Unique and varied Alaskan recreation for residents and visitors provides a stable base for economic opportunities Unique and varied Alaskan recreation for residents and visitors provides a stable base for economic opportunities Abundant streams, lakes, forests, wetlands for wildlife habitat Abundant streams, lakes, forests, wetlands for wildlife habitat Integrated ecosystem of wetlands and uplands critical to south-central wildlife rearing, habitat and migration Integrated ecosystem of wetlands and uplands critical to south-central wildlife rearing, habitat and migration Northern-most estuary to the Pacific Ocean via Knik Arm and Cook Inlet Northern-most estuary to the Pacific Ocean via Knik Arm and Cook Inlet Lake George National Natural Landmark Lake George National Natural Landmark People who care People who care Trails for all kinds of users Trails for all kinds of users A variety of studies and existing plans which recommend special A variety of studies and existing plans which recommend special protection for high-value public lands and acknowledged critical habitat areas. Doug Lloyd

8 Values Existing Studies – Plans – Research Susitna Area Plan 1985 Susitna Area Plan 1985 Willow Sub-Basin Plan Willow Sub-Basin Plan US Fish & Wildlife Service Study 1981 US Fish & Wildlife Service Study 1981 ACMP and Mat-Su Borough ACMP and Mat-Su Borough Swan Study Swan Study Anecdotal Observations and Documentation past 20 years Anecdotal Observations and Documentation past 20 years  MSB Coastal Management Plan  U.S. Coast Guard, Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response  Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council  Resource Assessment of the Knik Glacier Area, Feb 1993, USDA and MSB RDC  National Park Service Lake George National Natural Landmark Designation Mark Simpson

9 The Value of clean waters Anadromous Streams with Plenty of Fish

10 A High Value EcoSystem Wetlands

11 High Value Habitat Springs and Streams

12 High Value Natural Features Rivers

13 Natural Features

14 High Value Recreation Woodlands Doug Lloyd

15 High Value Feature Alpine and Sub-Alpine Environment

16 High Value Feature Glaciers

17 The Value of Time and Place Bodenburg Butte, monument of the Ancients, Bodenburg Butte, monument of the Ancients, is the remnant bedrock between the Knik and Matanuska Glaciers when the Valley was covered with ice. A Rich and Diverse History of Natural Change and Human Endeavor

18 High Value Resource The next Generation – Children who Care about Their home Butte Elementary School Poster and Poetry Contest

19 Historical Values A rich heritage of natural and cultural history. Looking west from Bodenburg Butte to Knik Arm where the Knik and Matanuska Rivers meet. Born of glaciers many miles away, the Knik River watershed is a major contributor to the northern-most origin of the Pacific Ocean – “alpha pacifica.”.

20 High Value Experiences Recreation

21 Enjoyment of Nature On land and water

22 Alaska Extreme and Down Home Grasping the opportunity to enjoy and be challenged - Not leaving a trace – not making a scar

23 Uniquely Alaskan Outstanding View at all hours (Pioneer Peak at 11:30 pm)

24 World Class High Value Visitor Destination to Experience the Outdoors Scenery and Wildlife

25 World Class Values Jaw-Dropping Scenery

26 High Value Resource Rura Penthe, the brutal, icy penal colony, presided over by a one-eyed Klingon warden who breaks down the situation economically: "Work well, and you will be treated well. Work badly, and you will die." " Once again, we've saved civilization as we know it," Kirk says. …. One message of Star Trek has always been that, “We can become better as people, and maybe change the world.” - Jammer’s Review Unique Destination: Rura Penthe at Knik Glacier, “The Undiscovered Country” of Star Trek VI

27 World Class Resources Visitor Attractions Doug Lloyd

28 Problems diminish Value “Recreation” ?

29 Problems diminish Value Reckless and Mindless Recreation locks out legitimate users, takes away the quality of life for residents and takes away the quality of life for residents and prevents the benefit of economic opportunities to the community

30 Problems diminish Value Destruction of Vegetative Cover in wetlands and woodlands Destruction of Vegetative Cover in wetlands and woodlands Harassment of migratory waterfowl by airboat, ATV, fireworks, Harassment of migratory waterfowl by airboat, ATV, fireworks, Stream bank destruction and erosion Stream bank destruction and erosion Waste and destruction of natural resources Waste and destruction of natural resources Mindless destruction of salmon, salmon habitat and beaver dams Mindless destruction of salmon, salmon habitat and beaver dams Contamination and pollution on land and in waters Contamination and pollution on land and in waters Poaching moose, fish, sheep Poaching moose, fish, sheep Target shooting through woods, trails and into waters Target shooting through woods, trails and into waters Mindless shooting of ravens and everything else that moves Mindless shooting of ravens and everything else that moves Chasing wildlife with ATVs, airboats and snowmachines Chasing wildlife with ATVs, airboats and snowmachines Chasing salmon in streambeds on ATVs Chasing salmon in streambeds on ATVs Cutting down live trees for firewood or breaking new trails Cutting down live trees for firewood or breaking new trails Human Waste Everywhere Human Waste Everywhere Reckless and destructive “Recreation” is accepted -

31 Problems diminish Value Caravan Leaders! "Hey guys! Do you want to ride on the trail or in the stream?!“ (from web page: Awana Church Group Outing) Ignorance

32 King makes his way through the Flooded trail. Problems diminish Value

33 [NOTE: Checkout the ACT 2001 Knik Glacier Run photos. You'll see the beaver ponds, water crossings and gravel barrens that Mark is talking about. Look close and you'll see Jack's green '73 FJ40 successfully crossing a 3-4 foot deep beaver pond.] ACT 2001 Knik Glacier Run Fun at all cost?

34 Problems diminish value and contaminate salmon streams

35 Problems diminish Value Destruction of root system of trees in woodlands and on river banks From Bodenburg Creek at Knik River to Jim Creek: Free-For-All Moto-Cross Where the wildlife, the habitat and legitimate users pay the price!

36 Problems diminish Value …….Well july 3rd i was asked to go out to a glacier out in a place called knik, i was supposed to town back a nissan pickup that fried its clutch trying to get unstuck. there are several water crossings along the way. This place is a hell hole, picture this place like mad max era autralia. Burnt cars and a whole bunch of crazy drunk people.

37 No Respect No place left to hide for wildlife and waterfowl to escape. Riding roughshod over Stream bank destroyed duck nest, chased Mama Duck onto highway and killed Papa Duck Bodenburg Creek Waterfowl Nesting Area

38 Loss of Value Poaching and Harrassment of Wildlife Bodenburg Creek at Knik River Nearby residents put up a sign like this Several weekends in a row – it disappeared Each time. Willful Destruction!

39 Problems diminish value and sources of our water Destruction of the vegetative mat in wetlands and on Stream banks

40 Problems diminish Value Destroying the vegetative mat in transitional zones and wetlands diverts the flow of streams and prevents salmon from traveling to their ultimate destination

41 Problems diminish Value, foul our waters and erode our dunes just playing around... and around” “the back end broke through, about two minutes later the front broke through also,

42 Loss of Values Lack of Respect for the land and its resources Trophy

43 Loss of Value Destruction of dunes and habitat. Our dunes keep Knik River in its channel and the dust out of the Mat-Su Valley Doug Lloyd

44 Loss of Value Knik River – Bodenburg Creek

45 Loss of Value Knik River Watershed Knik River at Old Glenn Hwy Bridge

46 Loss of Value Chaos – no place for law abiding user

47 Loss of Value Chaos and contamination keeps law-abiding users away

48 Loss of Values Cleaning Prop in Bodenburg Creek Airboat in Jim Lake observed Harassing Swans Airboat And ORV tracks Damage, often caused by ignorance, but tough to undo

49 Loss of Values How to execute a grove of trees (trail in background) How to execute a grove of trees (trail in background)

50 Loss of Value for wildlife Construction wood stash set on fire later on prime forest, serving as moose shelter and corridor on their way to the hay flats. Live trees cut, ground cover destroyed

51 Loss of Values Abandoned camp Off Rippy Trail

52 Loss of Values Snowmachines at mouth of Jim Creek while fishermen had their lines in the water

53 Issues Anchorage Daily News – Week of November 22, 2004 “Population Explosion in Mat-Su” Frontiersman – Week of November 22, 2004 “Population Explosion in Mat-Su” Comment heard many times by visitors to Jim Creek from Anchorage, Elmendorf, Ft. Richardson: “…But I was told you can do ANYTHING out here in Mat-Su that you can’t do in Anchorage …. – that’s why we came… “

54 Therefore: The Time to Act is Now : To build upon and follow through on the progress that has been made with Agency and legislators’ help and cooperation during the last two years

55 Progress with Issues – Help from Agencies

56 We thank: Mat-Su Borough and DNR for more aggressive cleanup of junked cars Mat-Su Borough and DNR for more aggressive cleanup of junked cars Mat-Su Borough for increased education and enforcement of “No Fireworks” and their cooperative effort with Alaska State Troopers Mat-Su Borough for increased education and enforcement of “No Fireworks” and their cooperative effort with Alaska State Troopers Rep. Stoltze for more Alaska State Troopers and Fire Dept Equipment Rep. Stoltze for more Alaska State Troopers and Fire Dept Equipment Mat-Su Borough for increased coordination with annual cleanup Mat-Su Borough for increased coordination with annual cleanup Mat-Su Borough for Asset Management Plan for public lands Mat-Su Borough for Asset Management Plan for public lands DNR for soliciting residents’ comments regarding unsafe and illegal activity on public lands DNR for soliciting residents’ comments regarding unsafe and illegal activity on public lands DNR Habitat for signage on Rippy Trail and soon to be on Bodenburg Creek DNR Habitat for signage on Rippy Trail and soon to be on Bodenburg Creek DOT for “No Motorized” signs on the Old Glenn pathway and MSB Land Management for encouraging DOT to do that. DOT for “No Motorized” signs on the Old Glenn pathway and MSB Land Management for encouraging DOT to do that. Butte Fire Department for conducting extra patrols in the area Butte Fire Department for conducting extra patrols in the area Alaska Court System for increasing the fine structure on No Motorized pathways in Alaska Alaska Court System for increasing the fine structure on No Motorized pathways in Alaska Alaska State Troopers for advice, assistance, response and very creative enforcement Alaska State Troopers for advice, assistance, response and very creative enforcement

57 Progress with Issues – Lend your Support and your Voice We have asked for legislative and agency commitment. The time to act is NOW: We have asked for legislative and agency commitment. The time to act is NOW: NOW, residents and, individual users and organized groups have the opportunity to add their voice to ours, to NOW, residents and, individual users and organized groups have the opportunity to add their voice to ours, to Enforce the rules Enforce the rules Work together on solutions Work together on solutions And develop a MANAGEMENT PLAN for this precious and unique area which will And develop a MANAGEMENT PLAN for this precious and unique area which will “sustain the Knik River watershed to ensure use and enjoyment for current and future generations.” KnikRiver.org

58 for working toward solutions Thank you Photos copyright 2004 by: Doug Lloyd Photography Mark Simpson Photography Robert Howard Ted Cox Jim Courtney Gregory Nilsson Brit Lively All rights reserved. Production: Compliments of Mapmakers Alaska with assistance from Knik River Watershed Group Doug Lloyd


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