Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats
Promoting responsible use and enjoyment of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge
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About APH

Mission Statement
Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural resources of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through public awareness, education, recreation and enhancement projects.


Our Place in the Community
With Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge being only one of six refuges the Palmer Fish & Game office is mandated to manage, it has become increasingly important for citizens to become involved in the future of this unique and most accessible place. Surrounded by the largest and fastest growing population center in the state, a widespread sense of community stewardship must prevail to ultimately replace negligence by abusers, thereby assuring safe and enjoyable recreation for all citizen users, and preserving habitat integrity for the Refuge’s varied wildlife.

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats envisions many beneficial developments for the Refuge. Improved access and parking areas, followed by trails for education and viewing, shelters for family gatherings, and eventually a year round "nature/science/public use facility" wherein citizens of all ages will meet to learn about the wonders of wetland ecosystems, migrating birds, the seasonal ebb and flow of wildlife, and its integral part in human resource provision and game management.

As time passes, the needs of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge must be attended to by a complex mix of entities who care enough to see beneficial goals through to fruition. Individual citizens, the State of Alaska, our Legislative body, the Mat-Su Borough, Corps of Engineers, members of the business and tourism communities - we all must "pitch in" to care for this special place.

Good things are in store for the future of the Refuge. Wonders of proud accomplishment await those who will join us, so do!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and contributors

Thank you MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION for the very generous support for the Operational Bridge Support Healthy Impact Grant from 2010 to 2012. With this MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION grant we were able to continue to offer all of our community outreach events and programs such as Summer Family Fun Day, Winter Family Fun Day, Walks on the Refuge, Spring Education Day, Run for the Refuge, Holiday Tree Gala and our annual spring cleanup day (the event that started our organization). It is because of community-minded organizations such as MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION that we are able to continue to share with the community our vision of connecting people with the land through recreation and education. Thank you MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION for your continued generosity and making us part of your vision for a healthier Mat-Su community. We are honored to be one of your partners.


Thank you to the Roripaugh Family Foundation and June Tull, Director of the foundation for the generous donation for enhancement projects on the Refuge. It is because of generous grantors such as the Roripaugh Family Foundation, APHF is able to accomplish so much in the Refuge. This grant will continue to make possible our ongoing outreach education programs, on-the-ground projects and community events. Thank you Roripaugh Family Foundation for your continued generosity and goodwill for our community.


Thank you ConocoPhillips Alaska and Denali Brewing Company for their generous support of our fund raiser the Holiday Tree Gala in December 2011; what a great way to end the year. Also thank you to these many fine local contributors and donors that all helped to make the fund raiser a success: AAAA Care B & B, A Wayside B & B, Active Soles, AIH, Alaskarama, Alaska Railroad Corp., Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska Wildlife Conservation, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, All About Style, Allen & Peterson, All-I-Saw Cookware, Amy Seamans, Anna Belle's Book Store, Arctic Ammo, Artique Ltd.,Beverly Nash, Birch Grove Studios, Bob & Cindy Neubauer, Cabin Fever, Catherine Inman, Chepo's Restaurant, Chesapeake Old Decoys, Chimo Guns, Color My Way Studio, Coming Attractions Theatre, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Costco, Curtis Menard Sports Center, Dan & Jill Baker, Dan & Marian Elliot, Dave Hopper & Becky Otto, Denali Brewing Co., Denise Caldwell, Diamond Parking, Donald McKeown, Fran Seager-Boss, Glenn Marlin, Hair Razors, Half Moon Creek Gallery & Glass Co., Hatcher Pass Polaris, J&M Homes, Jalapenos, Jean Krause, Jean Long, Just Imagine Toys, K & L Distributors, Keith & Junko Connor, Key Bank, Krazy Moose Subs, Kris Abshire, Laurie Green, Learning Essentials, Linda Brenner, Lindsey Shelley, Little Susitna Farm, Mary Kvalheim, Matanuska Winds Brass Quintet, Mat-Su Career & Tech H.S., Meadow Lakes Bloomers, Mike Robinson, Mimi's Closet, Moon Dog Pottery, Pia’s Custom Picture Framing, Pauline Hooten, Peggy Behnke, Phillip Straka, Ralph Baldwin, Red Robin, Regis Hair Salon, REI, Rep. Mark Neuman, Rodda Paint, Ron Macki, Sahara Storm, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Mark Begich, Shane Lamb Gallery, Shannon Nathaniel, Steve & Karen Joynt, Suzie Althens Studio, The Tanning Hut, The Gallery, Tri-Tronics, Uncommon Cents, Valley Community Recycling Solutions, Valley Fiber Arts Guild, Valley Garden Club, Valley Performing Arts, Vicky Dawson, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Wildlife North Studio, Yoga In the Valley. We could not have done it without your generous support and contributions!


Thank you to the Mat-Su Borough Department of Community Development for their generous support in the form of a Tourism Infrastructure Grant. This grant has allowed us to complete a number of important projects related to promoting citizen enjoyment of the Palmer Hay Flats including enhanced access, trail improvement and replacement of the Scout Ridge Overlook.


Thank you Alaska Railroad for generously donating railroad tickets for two each year. These tickets are given out as special door prizes at our annual Member/Supporter meeting, usually held in early May.


We wish to thank the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) for their generous monetary support of Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats in the awarding of an initial start-up grant in August, 2005. This website would not be possible without ACF's support.