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Upper Susitna Communities Celebrate Earth Day!

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Date: April 12, 2007
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.

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Did You Know?

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The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.