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
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
PICK, CLICK, GIVE
Contributions received through the
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.
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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.
PETS AND TRAPS
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.
including video footage featuring trap removal
instructions, may be found on
For a look at a recent event occurrence you might be interested
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
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)
COTTONWOOD CREEK TRAIL MEETING
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.
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2015 FALL LECTURE SERIES
The Wildlife Wednesday’s fall session of free public lectures will be held again
this fall at MatSu College in the FSM
Building, room 202. The lectures begin at
7:00 pm and are held the first Wednesday of every month. The four fall session’s
begin October 7, 2015.
Matanuska-Susitna College is located at 8295 E College Drive off of 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 MatSu Salmon Partnership. Another great slate of presenters and topics will
once again wow audiences. Seats for the lecture continue to be highly sought
after, so don’t be late to insure you have a comfortable chair for these
fascinating topics and speakers.
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SHOP AT FRED MEYER -
EARN $$ FOR APH
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million
per year to non-profits like
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!
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS OPENINGS
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.
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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.
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