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A final decision to designate the lower Kasilof River area was announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources. 053011 NEWS 1 Peninsula Clarion A final decision to designate the lower Kasilof River area was announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources.
Monday, May 30, 2011

Story last updated at 5/30/2011 - 1:50 pm

Decision issued on Kasilof special use area



A final decision to designate the lower Kasilof River area was announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The area, now referred to as the Kasilof River Special Use Area, has been designated as such because "these lands contain special biological, habitat, and recreational values that warrant additional protections and other special requirements," according to a DNR press release.

The designation means there will be rule changes, though the department says it is important to note that the following protections and special requirements are not the final regulations for the area. Specific regulations for the special use area will need to be adopted through a separate process under the Alaska Administrative Procedures Act. The list below is not comprehensive and may be expanded or modified in response to unforeseen resource impacts or other management needs or changes made through the regulatory process:

* Except for lawful hunting activity, a person may not discharge a firearm for the purpose of target or recreational shooting from June 1 through August 15 each year;

* A person may not place or set gear on the beach or tidelands prior to May 1 each year in anticipation of the Kasilof River Personal Use Set Gillnet Fishery;

* Operation of motorized vehicles is limited to the beach and designated trails/areas;

* A person may not place, drop, or discard waste or refuse (including human waste) on state land, or in state waters, except within approved sanitation facilities;

* A person may not dispose of fish waste landward of the vegetative line. Fish waste may continue to be disposed of by traditional means, which includes burying it on the beach or placement below the daily high tide line;

* A person may not deface, destroy, disable, or remove state owned or authorized facilities and/or property;

* An authorization is required for the placement of any commercial buoy, dock, boat launch/recovery, or mooring facility below the ordinary high water line of the Kasilof River;

* An authorization is required to stage or camp for a period longer than 21 consecutive days on the beach, seaward of the vegetative line. This is only during the season;

* An authorization is required to stage or camp for a period longer than 14 consecutive days landward of the vegetative line;

* Seasonal user fees may be proposed to offset costs of managing the special use area, including those associated with design, construction, operations, and maintenance of sanitation and other physical improvements necessary to reduce broad-based impacts to the commonly owned natural resources.

The final decision and associated information can be founf online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/kasilof/.





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