Story last updated at 3:22 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Outdoors News
Yukon Island trip set

The Pratt Museum and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies are hosting a trip to Yukon Island on Sunday leaving the Homer Spit at 8 a.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m.

The joint membership outing will feature a guided intertidal session for the minus 3.7-foot tide, an archaeological session with Janet Klein and a potluck soup lunch.

The trip is $40 per adult, $20 per child for members of the Pratt or CACS, $65 per adult, $30 per child for nonmembers.

The space is limited. For more information, call 235-8635.

Trail grants available

The state Department of Natural Resources has more than $350,000 in grant funds available for development and maintenance of recreational trails and for safety and education programs relating to recreational trail use in Alaska.

In the past, successful applicants have used the Recreational Trails Program grants to construct and maintain summer and winter trails, construct trail bridges, restore environmental damage caused by trail use, mark and maintain winter trails for safe travel, develop avalanche education programs, and produce trail maps and other educational materials.

Individual grants of up to $30,000 may be used for projects benefiting either motorized or non-motorized recreational trail users or for both.

Applications for grants are due Sept. 20.

More information may be obtained on the Internet at parks/grants/trails.htm or by e-mailing or by writing to Recreational Trails Program Administrator, Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation, 550 W 7th Ave., Suite 1380, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Bird guides see changes

Beginning this fall, the state Department of Fish and Game will require all waterfowl guides to register with the agency.

Materials for registration are available at the Fish and Game office at 3298 Douglas Place in Homer or by calling 907-267-2206 or 907-267-2205.

According to the Board of Game, the goal of the new regulation is to identify guides so the state may work with them to address conservation issues and to minimize the need for regulatory solutions.

The state will keep a list of registered guides to facilitate informing the hunting public of who's in the business.