Last updated: April 14, 2015
Miles working at Exit Glacier. Photo: NPS
Hi, my name is Miles Knotek and I am a lifelong Alaskan from nearby Moose Pass. This year I am part of Resource Management as a YCC member of the Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT). I am excited to learn about invasive plant species, a subject I know little about, and to be in a working environment that is outside and active.
First Impressions on the Job
Early June marked my entrance into the YCC program in Kenai Fjords National Park. As a YCC in the Resource Management department, I have the role of working with the Exotic Plant Management Team. In my first few weeks, we've been faced with a number of tasks. Invasive plant species have of course been at the forefront of all the tasks we do, so hunting for them has been our number one priority. Frequent searches of the Exit Glacier Nature Center, parking lot and lower trails have revealed herbaceous invaders sneaking onto the premises. Prompt removal and mapping is helping to keep these intruders at bay while recording their location flags them for future employees to investigate.
Exotic Plants Management Team (EPMT) on the Harding Icefield Trail. Photo: NPS / Mile Knotek
Dandelions next to Herman Leirer Rd. Photo: NPS / Mile Knotek