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MGT Updates Sept 5, 2014, CMT Cleanup Day Sept 27

posted Sep 5, 2014, 11:51 PM by Dot Helm
Reminder: Crevasse-Moraine Cleanup Day. September 27, 2014. 10:30am - 2pm. Meet at CMT Trailhead to sign in, pickup trash bags, and get instructions from Landfill staff. This is also National Public Lands Day, so give your trails some loving! We anticipate concentrating on the far end of the Old Well Monitor Road and follow along to the powerline - about a mile hike to the main work area. Here's a way for you to support your trails, and the borough supports the community!

The Landfill will provide trash bags and gloves, so it's important to sign in and get instructions . We just have to fill them and leave them at nearby designated areas, and the Landfill people will pick them up. The Landfill has installed some wind barriers to reduce the amount of trash escaping plus they've been having people clean up the area along the trails, so K-Mart Alley isn't nearly as bad as it has been in the past. But it can still use some help. Kids are great are crawling through the brush. Tall people and those with long trash grabbers (or whatever they're called) can hit the high spots. And lots of medium high stuff. Something for everybody. The Landfill will be providing hotdogs, chips, and cookies to show their appreciation. Yeah!

If you can give us an idea if you or a group are coming, that would help with planning for food. Not required, but it is helpful to know whether there's 10 or 100 coming.

Thanks to all those who stopped by our tables or presentations (Matanuska Greenbelt, MSB Landfill, UAF Farm) at the Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day in early August. The Landfill people had a really nice map of their operations and the Crevasse-Moraine trails so people don't have to guess how the two maps line up anymore. I gave them our GIS files of those trails, so in planning, they can reduce impacts, if needed. They were also there to answer questions. Currently, there is not expected to be any encroachment for about 10 yrs. When we start having meetings again this fall and winter, we'll try to have the Landfill Manager update everyone on what's happening.

I saw Mat-Su Borough trail crew had brushed Mooseberry Mesa (just right - just enough to improve visibility without looking like a highway), and it looks like they're working on the Fox Trails. Thanks!  Just an aside note on trails outside the MGT, but MSB crew has been weed whacking on a *lot* of trails this summer, which has been really helpful with the vegetation growth this summer. Thanks.

Couple addendums after the above went out as email:
The Landfill people will assess trash and trail condition closer to the Cleanup date and adjust plans accordingly. They may be doing some trailwork also.

On Saturday afternoon Oct 4, Alaska Trapper's Association will hold their annual trapping workshop on Alphabet Field at the Matanuska Experiment Farm.  As in the past they will not be actually setting traps but will be demonstrating proper trap placement.  No traps will be left after the workshop concludes. Trapping is prohibited at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. Signs will be placed at the Matanuska Experiment Farm Trailhead one week before the event to let the public know. (As a side note, trapping *is* allowed in the adjacent Matanuska Lakes SRA.)