Let's pipedream for a moment, shall we?
If you were offered the opportunity to be "Habitat Czar" for one project what would it be?
We'll assume the project is on State land so no federal shenanigans to contend with, and you have:
-A budget of 10 million dollars
-The support of the Governor, Legislature, DNR, and ADF&G
-Permitting has been fast tracked
We're talking broad strokes here so can we PUH-LEEEZE keep the chicken manure to a minimum?
I'll go first.
I would improve the wetlands habitat on the east/north side of the Palmer Hay Flats. I've been studying it via Google Earth and despite being in the Knik watershed there is little surface water. The water table there is high and there are many low, boggy areas that could be excavated into 1-3 acre pothole ponds for waterfowl, with possibly a deeper 5-7 acre lake or two for fish. The excavated soils would be used to build a few miles of both motorized and foot-only access trails and possibly a small dam or two to create more ponds. I would solicit volunteers and input from the public and interested orgs, as well as biologists with the ultimate intent of creating/optimizing the nesting, rearing and yes, fall migration layover habitat for waterfowl with the expectation it would be open for hunting.
As an aside, I would attempt to partner with any interested pro-conservation org such as DU.
So what would you do?