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ALASKA PENINSULA BECHAROF: Refuge installs new dock. 

Region 7, November 7, 2012
Old dock on Naknek River, King Salmon headquarters, Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR.
Old dock on Naknek River, King Salmon headquarters, Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
New dock in use, Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR.
New dock in use, Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a

Using funds collected through the Recreation Fee program, Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges purchased a new dock in 2011. It arrived on the last barge of the year. In spring 2012, the dock was installed for the first time, with the assistance of the manufacturer.The Refuge’s old dock was in poor condition and very heavy, requiring special equipment to be hired for installation and removal each season. The new, lighter-weight dock can be installed and removed much more easily and cheaply.During summer, at least one of the Refuge’s two planes is put on floats. This allows Law Enforcement Ranger Jim Wittkop to access the areas used by fly-in anglers and hunters. Refuge pilots also support biology and visitor services projects by floatplane. Since the refuge cannot be reached by road, planes are necessary for access. The new dock is essential equipment.

Contact Info: Julia Pinnix, 907-246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov