Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Planning

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The Department of Natural Resources has released the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park Management Plan for public review and comment. The PRD provides management guidance and facility recommendations for the park areas and includes guidance for Diamond Creek State Recreation Site, Eveline State Recreation Site and Overlook Park State Recreation Site as well. Much has happened since the last management plan was adopted in 1995. Changes in community infrastructure, economic trends, and ecotourism have resulted in increased use of the park and raised land use concerns. The goal of this plan revision is to address changing patterns in recreational use, address management issues and update recommendations for facility development. Additionally, a trail management plan that provides trail sustainability recommendations, trail design and management criteria for the park areas is also included for review.

Latest News - Comment Period Extended and Public Meeting Scheduled

The comment period for the Public Review Draft of the Kachemak Bay State Park & Wilderness Park Management Plan has been extended and a public meeting has been scheduled in Homer. Your written comments are encouraged during the public comment period. To facilitate your review, reference copies of the PRD in print format are available at the Homer Public Library and the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The PRD is also available on DVD by request and the links below. To receive full consideration, comments must now be received no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. Note: Comments submitted become public information under AS 40.25.110- AS 40.25.125. Written comments can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Kachemak Bay State Planning
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Fax: (907)269-8915
Email: monica.alvarez@alaska.gov

An open house session has been scheduled on October 29, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30pm at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center located at 95 Sterling Hwy in Homer. The public is encouraged to attend to share their thoughts. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity to get more information, provide input and ask questions.


Public Review Draft

All files can be viewed using Acrobat 9 or higher.

Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park Management Plan – complete except for Appendices which are listed below.

Due to the size of the complete plan file (17 MB) it has been broken down into smaller files for your convenience.

Preface
Includes: Title Page / Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction – complete Includes: Regional Characteristics and Planning Area Overview / Plan Scope and Purpose / Reason for Revision / State Park Unit Purpose and Definition / State Recreation Site Purpose and Definition / Current Planning Process / Plan Organization / Relationship to Other Plans
Chapter 1 - text only
Map 1: General Boundaries
Map 2: General Land Ownership

Chapter 2 - Goals and Objectives
Includes: Introduction / Area-wide Goals and Objectives / Park Unit Specific Goals and Objectives

Chapter 3 - Natural and Cultural Resources - complete
Includes: Introduction / Natural Environment / Invasive Species and Infestations / Natural Hazards / Human Environment / Cultural History
Chapter 3 text only
Map 3: General Geology
Map 4: General Habitat
Map 5: Marine Mammals & Terrestrial Species
Map 6: Finfish Species
Map 7: General Bird Habitat

Chapter 4 - Park Use and Issues
Includes: Introduction / Overview of Current Use / Use Trends / Changing Recreational Use / Access / Commercial Use / DPOR Facilities and Trails / Exxon Valdez Oil Spill / Fees, Park Pass, and Visitor Use Management / Invasive and Non-Native Species / Land and Water Conservation Fund / Park User Trespass / Private Structures and Uses / Disposals / Visitor Safety

Chapter 5 - Area-wide Management Direction and Guidelines- complete
Includes: Introduction / Overarching Management Intent / Kachemak Bay State Park Intent / Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park Intent / Eveline State Recreation Site Intent / Diamond Creek State Recreation Site Intent / Overlook Park State Recreation Site Intent / Land Use Zones / Recreational Development Zone / Natural Zone / Wilderness Zone / Cultural Zone / Management Guidelines and Compatibility of Uses
Chapter 5 text only
Map 8: Land Use Zones

Chapter 6 - Unit Specific Management - complete
Includes: Introduction / Management Units / Cottonwood Eastland Management Unit / Diamond Creek Management Unit / Eveline Management Unit / Grewingk Glacier Management Unit / Halibut Cove - China Poot Management Unit / Northern Management Unit / Outer Coast Management Unit / Overlook Park Unit / Sadie-Tutka Management Unit
Chapter 6 text only
Map 9: Management Units
Map 10: Cottonwood Eastland Management Unit
Map 11: Diamond Creek Management Unit
Map 12: Eveline Management Unit
Map 13: Grewingk Glacier Management Unit
Map 14: Halibut Cove - China Poot Management Unit
Map 15: Northern Management Unit
Map 16: Outer Coast Management Unit
Map 17: Overlook Park Management Unit
Map 18: Sadie-Tutka Management Unit

Chapter 7 - Implementation
Includes: Land Acquisition / Plan Review and Modification / Modification of the Plan / Project Phasing / Proposed Regulations / Recommended Staffing

Appendix A – Glossary
Appendix B - Statutes and Regulations for Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park
Appendix C - Mammal List
Appendix D - Bird List
Appendix E - Questionnaire and Response
Appendix F - Trails Plan
Appendix F-1 – Sample Trail Management Objectives Form
Map F-1.1: Cottonwood Eastland Unit Terra Trails
Map F-1.2: Cottonwood Eastland Unit Winter Trails
Map F-2: Diamond Creek Unit Terra Trails
Map F-3.1: Eveline Unit Terra Trails
Map F-3.2: Eveline Unit Show Trails
Map F-4.1: Grewingk Unit Terra Trails
Map F-4.2: Grewingk Unit Snow Trails
Map F-5.1: Halibut Cove – China Poot Unit Terra Trails
Map F-6.1: Northern Unit Terra Trails
Map F-6.2: Northern Unit Snow Trails
Map F-7.1: Outer Coast Unit Terra Trails
Map F-7.2: Outer Coast Unit Snow Trails
Map F-8.1: Sadie - Tutka Unit Terra Trails
Appendix G - Cooperative Agreement

Scoping Documents

The scoping phase of the planning project, where the planning team identified issues and gathers information from the public, extended from late 2013 until mid-2014. During the scoping phase, there were three distinct ways for interested individuals to participate in and offer input into the planning process:

  • Submit written comments to the planning team (11/13/13 – 5/15/14)

  • Attend an Open House session (May 2014)

  • Complete a questionnaire (11/13 – 1/14)

The public could provide comment through more than one method, and all comment was collected, collated, categorized, and summarized by the planning team. Summaries of public comment are below:

Comment Maps

During the Open House public sharing sessions, the planning team provided maps and encouraged the public to write their comments and draw proposed trails and facilities directly on the maps. This enabled georeferencing the comments to their subject location, as well as linking the origin of the comments to the Open House session where it was provided. The final comment maps are below.

Eveline Facility Improvements

Comment Maps

During the Open House public sharing sessions, the planning team provided maps and encouraged the public to write their comments and draw proposed trails and facilities directly on the maps. This enabled georeferencing the comments to their subject location, as well as linking the origin of the comments to the Open House session where it was provided. The final comment maps are below.

On these maps, the colors of the comment box outlines vary, according to meeting location, as follows;

Black - Homer
Green - Seldovia
Gray - Anchorage
Red - Port Graham
Pink - Nanwalek

Some ideas and suggestions were duplicated within and between the Open House sessions, but duplicate comments are shown on the map only where they were offered at meetings in different venues.

Additional Documents

Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Land Status Map - 2013
Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Location Map - 2013
Management Plan for Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park (1995)
Alaska State Parks System: Statewide Framework - June 1982


Planning Process

Kachemak Bay DockThe planning process is a multi-step process for collecting information and knowledge and developing a plan that meets the needs and desires of stakeholders. An overview of the process can be found here.

The expected timing of the major steps of the development of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan is:

STEP 1: Identify Issues - Spring/Summer 2014

STEP 2: Gather Information - Ongoing

STEP 3: Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternatives - Winter 2014

STEP 4: Prepare Draft Plan - 2014 - present

STEP 5: Public Review of Draft Plan - TBD

STEP 6: Prepare Final Plan - Expected within 6 months of completion of public review draft

STEP 7: Approve Plan - Expected within 3 months of Final Plan

STEP 8: Adopt and Implement Plan -12-25 year timeframe from Approval

 


For more information contact:
Kachemak Bay Beach Flower
Monica Alvarez
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907)269-8145 Fax: (907)269-8915
email: monica.alvarez@alaska.gov