Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats
Promoting responsible use and enjoyment of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge
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Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge - An Alaskan Treasure

The Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge is 45 square miles of wetlands, forest, lakes and tidal sloughs located 30 minutes north of Anchorage and within close proximity to over half of Alaska’s population. Ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, moose, muskrats, salmon and many other birds, mammals and fish call it home.

It is because of this rich diversity of habitat and wildlife, and its all around natural beauty, that many Alaskans from all walks of life and recreational preferences make the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge one of the most important and cherished recreation areas in Alaska.

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats (APH) is dedicated to preserving this stunningly beautiful and valuable recreation area for all Alaskans to enjoy. It truly is an Alaskan treasure.

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Consider a Donation

Contributions received through the Pick.Click.Give program enable us to offer free public events several times per year out on the Palmer Hay Flats recreation areas of the game refuge at Reflections Lake, Cottonwood Creek and Rabbit Slough. Still a chance to Double your Dividend! The deadline for filing your Permanent Fund Dividend is March 31, 2015. Learn more >>


Please help us continue our work of fostering stewardship of public lands by making a gift of any amount. Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is dedicated to the preservation and responsible stewardship of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through conservation, public awareness, education and enhancement projects. Your donation supports these efforts.

Items of Interest

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge offers a great slide program about Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Schedule an informative presentation about this "gem in our midst" for your club, organization or agency. Learn about the beginnings of this special place from Native historical times to colonization and its geological transformation to an important migratory stop on the Pacific Flyway. It will open your eyes to wild habitat and four-season recreational possibilities you were never aware of until now. Call (907) 357-8711 or Contact us to schedule a showing.

No one wants to see a dog caught in a trap intended for a marten or a wolf, but it occasionally happens. Many of Alaska's communities are adjacent to prime wildlife habitat. Trappers are drawn to these areas, as are dog walkers, snowmachine riders and hikers. Some residents close to these areas allow dogs to roam free, and pets sometimes wind up in traps. It is important to remember that the Matanuska Borough, like anchorage, has a leash law prohibiting dogs running free off the tether.

How to recognize and avoid trap lines.
* Operation of common traps and snares.
* How to safely remove pets from traps or snares.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has published a pocket guide
providing illustrated instructions on how to safely free pets from snares
and traps. Copies of the "Trap Safety for Pet Owners" guide are available
free of charge at department offices, or may be viewed on the website.

More information, including video footage featuring trap removal
instructions, may be found on the ADFG website.

For a look at a recent event occurrence you might be interested in the
February 3, 2015 Alaska Dispatch article, Traps or snares that injure, kill
off-leash pets concern Mat-Su dog owners
, by Lisa Maloney.

Press Releases of Interest

January, 2014
Great Land Trust
Great Land Trust enhances public access to the Palmer Hay Flats [State] Game Refuge through purchase of 917 acres

 Events & Happenings (All events)

Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host a public scoping meeting on November 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm at Mat-Su College, Snodgrass Room 117 to discuss use, concerns, and management option for the Cottonwood Creek Trail in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. See the Flyer >>


The Wildlife Wednesday’s spring session will again be held at the Mat-Su College in the FSM Building, room 107. The lectures begin at 7:00 pm and run about an hour. The dates encompass the first Wednesday’s of February (3rd), March (2nd) and April (6th). Mat-Su College is located at 8295 E. College Drive off Trunk Road in Palmer. Wildlife Wednesday is an educational collaboration between Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, AK Department of Fish and Game, The Nature Conservancy and the Mat-Su Salmon Partnership. We have an outstanding lineup of presenters and topics for this spring and we know our series is always very popular. We encourage you to arrive early/ on-time to make sure you can get into the limited seating we have available. Give us a call at the APH Office (907 357-8711) if you have any questions or special needs or interests for you or your group. See you there !!
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Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits like Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flatsn Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. See how easy it is to give just by shopping! Learn more >>


Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats (APH) is now seeking Board members who hold the principles of our mission statement in high regard, and who wish to contribute their unique perspectives and expertise toward achieving the vision it holds. Read more >>


Natural Science Education/Community Center

Learn more about our proposed Natural Science Education/Community Center including the master site plan, cost estimates and other planning aspects of this unique project designed for youth and adult education programs, recreational enjoyment and general community use. Learn more >>


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