Some thoughts of traditional use strips.
I was talking with a local 135 operator today and we were discussing how a couple customarily used Lakes are actually not on the authorized list of landing lake under the regs of one the Kachemak Bay State Park. The main reg page says yes you can land, but further digging shows a very limited list of where.
"""" 11 AAC 20.110. Aircraft
(a) The use of aircraft is allowed in Kachemak Bay State Park on saltwater, gravel bars, Emerald Lake, China Poot Lake, Hazelle Lake, and Petrof Lake except for the purpose of practice landings. (b) A person may not land a helicopter in Kachemak Bay State Park without a permit from the director
Regardless of the fact that people have been flying in and out of there long before the Park was set up. And apparently the local Ranger is trying to help, but rules are rules from above....
So it got me to thinking about an old traditional use gravel strip which is next to the large lake in question.
I like to go in and out of that strip while on wheels or better yet when doing a BFR for a good Super Cub driver. Then we can take in a couple branch clippers and clear some of the alders that are trying to grow up around the strip itself. Maybe even take a can of white paint over to paint some of the rocks which are stacked along the sides of the runway as markers.
It has been a couple years since I have been into that strip because I think I have been too busy. But if it grows over and becomes unusable, the state or federal pencil pushers from far away will make sure nobody lands there again.
Just a thought for you folks who know of a few of these remote clearings that we all take for granted. Maybe a little strip maintenance this summer would be a good idea.