(Palmer) – All but the first mile of the Cottonwood Creek trail in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge will remain closed to motorized vehicles through the fall season as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game works to protect wetlands. The closure will affect waterfowl hunters and other recreationists who use ATVs to access remote portions of the refuge via the 6.5-mile-long trail.
The restrictions come as critical waterfowl habitat in parts of the refuge is lost to accelerated wetland drainage created by the expansion of naturally occurring tidal guts. ATV use threatens to further escalate tidal gut erosion and speed habitat loss.

 

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