The Kenai River meets Kenai Lake on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

The Kenai River meets Kenai Lake on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

State Kenai River board recruiting members

The advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations of the special management area

The Kenai River Management Area Advisory Board is recruiting local members, a Jan. 15 press release from the state Department of Natural Resources said.

The advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations of the special management area — encompassing more than 105 linear miles of rivers and lakes, including Kenai Lake, Skilak Lake, and the Kenai River from river mile 82 downstream to 4 miles above the river’s mouth on Cook Inlet. The management area is also adjacent to 15 state park sub-units and land owned by cities, the borough and the federal government, as well as private and Native lands.

There are currently three vacancies on the board and applications are now being accepted until March 31. Selected board members — who will serve from July 2020 until June 2023 — meet once a month between September and May.

To apply for a vacant position on the advisory board, residents can fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application at dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm.

The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board was created in 1985 and was charged with developing a comprehensive management plan for the Kenai River.

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