The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Proposals Sought for the 2024 Kenai Peninsula Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share Program
(Soldotna) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish is currently accepting proposals for the 2024 Kenai Peninsula Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2023.
The Kenai Peninsula Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share, administered cooperatively by ADF&G and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is a financial incentive and educational outreach program directed towards private landowners and public land managers. The program provides technical expertise about rehabilitation practices, state and federal permitting assistance, and funding for salmon habitat rehabilitation and protection projects along streambanks on the Kenai Peninsula. Funds are limited and not all projects can be funded; however, selected landowners could have up to 50% of the cost of their project reimbursed. Additionally, ADF&G staff provides educational opportunities to landowners, public land managers, and the public on the techniques and value of fish habitat. The program uses and funds proven bioengineering techniques such as coir logs, willow plantings, cabled spruce trees, rootwads, and elevated light penetrating walkways to help stabilize, revegetate, and rehabilitate streambanks.
“With the sockeye run underway right now and landowners are gearing up to fish them, now is the time for landowners to start noticing that their banks might be having some erosional issues” stated Habitat Biologist Jessica Johnson. “By participating in the program, landowners will have a hands-on learning experience and they will also be helping to support and maintain healthy juvenile salmon habitat and populations.”