Well for those who don't follow Kenai peninsula Borough (KPB) politics heres what's going on.
The KPB recently passed burough ordinance 2011-12. Here's the link to what this is.
Basicaly the KPB passed this law that makes it illegal to destroy any "habitat" within 50' of the high water mark on any fish stream on the peninsula.
How this will fully affect us outdoorsmen/women has yet to be seen.
Certainly digging for gold in the streambank to goldpan will be off limits. But now we have to wonder who else will be affected. So if you drive your ATV within this zone and leave a tire track in the mud will this get you in trouble? Even in the Kasilof dipnet zone?
What about trampling the stream bank while fishing? Could tying your boat up to a tree/brush destroy habitat?
If you have property on one of these creeks/rivers and mow your lawn is that habitat destruction?
Leave any evidence of camping like a tent footprint of packed down grass within this zone is this included?
What level of destruction should be the rule of law?
Who does the borough employ who can/will enforce this new law? The KPB doesn't employ any law enforcement personnel so....
I did go to last months KPB assembly meeting and got my three minutes to oppose this but it seems my voice fell on deaf ears.
I am all for protecting fish and their habitat but feel this law and others like it go too far.
So my big question #1 for all of you is how do you define "HABITAT"?
#2 is how do you define what constitutes "HABITAT DESTRUCTION"
#3 what does Alaska's outdoor community feel about such laws?