Road Closure: Friday, September 26
On Friday, September 26, a contractor will be working on a utility below the park road near Headquarters. Therefore, the road will be closed to all vehicle traffic at roughly Mile 3. The road will re-open on Saturday morning.
Upper Susitna Communities Celebrate Earth Day!
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
The public is invited to participate in the activities and presentations being offered for the seventh annual Upper Susitna Community Earth Day Celebration. The event is taking place on Saturday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Upper Susitna Senior Center, Mile 98.5 on the Parks Highway (just south of the junction with the Talkeetna Spur Road). This year’s theme is “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”
The locally sponsored and staffed event features a wide variety of exhibits and activities suitable for all ages. Topics include invasive weed species, forest health, climate change, and dealing with local disasters. There will be a bike maintenance workshop, followed by a bike rally. Children who participate in National Junior Ranger Day activities will receive certificates and patches!
The event will showcase a presentation by the Bird Treatment and Learning Center of Anchorage featuring live owls, and videos of speakers and sessions from a recent environmental stewardship conference. Food and other items will be available for sale to benefit several local groups, including the Senior Center, Talkeetna Public Library, Talkeetna Playground Committee and Girl Scout Troop #43.
Organizers thank the many local volunteers, area organizations and the local, state and federal agencies who are providing the exhibits and other opportunities for this year’s event. Additional information is available from Jenni Burr, National Park Service Education Specialist, at (907) 733-9110 or e-mail us.
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.