Winter 2011 Newsletter

GLTWinter2011-1GLT staff worked closely for the last two years with the board and staff at Eklutna Inc. to purchase a conservation easement over nearly 4800 acres of high value habitat at the head of Knik Arm. The property contains the confluence of the Knik and Matanuska Rivers and many islands and channels and diverse habitat as the rivers enter Knik Arm. The lands will remain under the ownership of Eklutna, Inc. and traditional uses such as hunting and fishing by Shareholders and permittees will continue. The property contains excellent habitat for all five species of salmon in Cook Inlet as well as many other wildlife species. In addition, the property is adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge and Chugach State Park, two of Alaska‚Äôs most popular and iconic public lands. Scenic views of the property are well known by travelers crossing the Knik River Bridge on the Glenn Highway–the property is just upstream of the Knik River Bridge and continues upstream for several miles. The project was made possible with funding from the Port of Anchorage Mitigation Fund as well as grant funding from the USFWS Coastal Program. Eklutna, Inc is the largest private landowner in the region and both organizations anticipate more conservation projects in the future.

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