Atten: all AWA club members
We are the ones who voiced wanting to help on this project. The purpose is to increase nesting habitat on the Palmer Hay Flats and by increasing habitat, will of course increase the numbers of ducks reproducing on the hay flats. Our meeting turnout was not great last night, we are hoping that more will turn out for the work party. There seemed to be lots of enthusium when the idea was first offered, and lots said they would be willing to work on it. Please read the below note from Joe Meehan, it pretty well sums up what we need, etc. If the weather is bad for the planned workday, i will send out a email to all that receive this as well as posting it on the waterfowl forum.
Jan 26th, Saturday morning, 9:30 AM, along northbound lanes, about a half mile north of the Mat Su bridge on the Glen Highway. Please park off the highway as far as you can, hopefully if no heavy snow by then, we can all park off the asphalt. May also utalize a pull off parking area next to the northbound end of the bridge. No ATV or Snowmobiles permitted unless we receive a big dump of snow before then. If you have a good working chain saw please bring it along with some fuel & oil. Also we will need a couple sleds we can drag to the work site with the saws/gas etc. It isn't far at all, about 300 yds of flat ice with swamp growing up though it. Those who missed the meeting last night, please email if you think you will be able to help in this work project and if you can bring a chain saw or sled along. Thank you, Bud
--- On Tue, 1/15/13, Meehan, Joe (DFG) <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Meehan, Joe (DFG) <email@example.com>
Subject: DU pond brush project
To: "'bud bass'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Shaun Jensen" <email@example.com>
Cc: "Hill, Doug D (DFG)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 10:19 AM
Bud/Shaun – Thanks for inviting me to last night’s AWA meeting and your offer to help with the maintenance of the waterfowl enhancement project area. Here are the details we discussed:
1. Saturday January 26 at 9:30am.
2. Meet at MP 32.0 Glenn Highway (northbound lanes), approx 0.5 miles north of Matanuska River bridge (and approx 1.75 miles north of the Knik River Access exit ramp). Park off pavement on shoulder if possible (beware of high-speed traffic especially if bringing children).
3. The site is approx 300 yards off the roadway so we can easily walk. Saws, fuel and other gear can be pulled by hand in sleds.
4. We will mark (with orange flagging tape) brush that will NOT be cut. Everything else will be cut and stacked in piles.
5. Everyone should have eye protection and when operating with or near saws, ear protection. Provided the weather remains cold, the area should be frozen and dry so water boots are not necessary.
6. If there is no snow cover, ice grippers would be helpful for walking on the frozen marsh.
7. Gear needed: chain saws, fuel, bar oil, brush loppers, work gloves, warm clothing.
8. Area to be cleared includes 2 islands measuring approx 200’ x 70’ each. If we have 20 people and perhaps 5 saws working each island, my guess is that the job will take 3-4 hours.
9. We are taking care of any permits needed.
10. We will touch base late in the week of January 21 to assess weekend weather conditions and make a final Go/No-go decision.
I’ll do a media release to see if we can get some attention.