The holiday weekend is upon us.  We hope you get to enjoy time with family and friends this Independence Day where ever you adventures take you.  Hope you take a few minutes to read through this newsletter for updates on our program, and start planning for joining us at the Government Peak Music Festival later in July.  

Most folks I know, grew up celebrating the Fourth of July.  In our family it always started early as my father's birthday was July 3rd.  In his 80's he and his friends enjoyed rolling out an old line gun from a ship that launched concrete rounds out a couple of hundred yards. 

This year though, I am excited about getting to share this holiday with a friend who just became a United States citizen several weeks ago.  We are looking forward to some hikes right here in our backyard of Hatcher Pass, followed by grilling and hanging out with their new baby.  That next generation of trail advocates is just around the corner, it is fun to get them out early.

Happy Trails!

          ~ Stuart Leidner, Executive Director
Alaska Trails is hosting a Trail Assessment Training
in the Mat-Su Valley!

Are you a volunteer for a trail user group here in the Mat-Su? Itching to learn more about how you can be more effective in helping maintain some of your favorite trails? Then this is the opportunity you have been looking for.

The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation is encouraging all of the trail user groups and our grantees here in the valley to take part in this trail assessment training program. This one-day training includes both classroom and field portions. It is designed to teach volunteers the basics of sustainable trails, common problems on trails and a process for identifying and cataloging those problems. Various methods – both paper and electronic – will be employed to collect and organize the data gathered.

When: Saturday, August 5th from 9am – 5pm. Lunch provided.
Place: Valley Recycling Center and Crevasse Moraine Trails
Instructor: Mark Gronewald - Trailwerx

Learn more at Alaska Trails as more details will be coming soon. We wanted to make sure everyone gets this date on your calendar so you can be sure to attend if you are able.

Please RSVP to Steve Cleary or call him at 907-334-8049 with any questions you might have!

Seven Summer Grants Awarded!

The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation board of directors approved seven new grants at the end of June. This grant program would not be possible without the support of the Mat-Su Health Foundation and individuals like you who help support our program. These seven grants continue our vision and mission of an integrated trail and park network throughout the Mat-Su Borough. Please join us in celebrating these new grant awards!

Aurora Dog Mushers Club ~ Funding to help with long-term lease for non-motorized winter trail easements through the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. They maintain a network of over 20 miles of trails the club uses for training and sprint race competitions. While the trails are open to the public for all non-motorized winter trail uses, they are maintained primarily for the dog mushing community so if you are out and about not mushing....give those mushers the right-of-way. They are moving fast!

Great Land Trust ~ Funding to help establish a community park project in Settlers Bay. This future park will be a wonderful community asset with wooded trails, and views out along the tidal flats.

Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center ~ Funding to assist with the installation of multiple avalanche safety signs in Hatcher Pass. Look for the new "Are You Beeping?" signs this winter. These are the first to be installed in Alaska. Helping all winter users stay safe in the backcountry.

Hatcher Alpine Xperience ~ Funding to continuing clearing additional alpine ski trails. If you haven't seen the work this volunteer group has accomplished, you should travel up next winter to Mile 10.6 on the road to Hatcher Pass and get out and carve a few turns. They are a hard working group!

Mat-Su Borough ~ West Butte Trail improvements. OK, I think most anyone in the valley who has traversed the Butte knows that cutting trails simply causes more erosion! Well here is one project to address some of the most imperiled sections. The Borough trail crew will installing new trail stabilization walls.

Mountaineering Club of Alaska ~ Are you a fan of huts like Snowbird, and Bomber...well...a new one is on the way. This grant will help fund the construction of the Seth Holden Hut in a valley north of Montana Peak. This will add another loop to your Bomber traverse.

Student Conservation Association ~ Getting youth engaged in conservation and trail work is important. Each generation has a turn at being good stewards of our lands. This grant will help SCA work with the Mat-Su Borough to identify and have their youth trail crew actively engaged in maintaining high priority trail projects in our Borough.

Government Peak Music Festival

Saturday July 29th, 2017

We are very excited about our Second Annual Government Peak Music Festival!

Join us on Saturday July 29th, 2017 for great music, local craft beer, and tasty food from some of your favorite food trucks!.  

We have a great line up again this year for our music festival.  Come out and enjoy the groove of Big Fat Buddha, Tim Easton & Junior, and the Hope Social Club.  We have Fiddle Dee Dee coming in to entertain the kids starting at 3pm, with our main stage going live at 4pm.

This year promises to be just as fun as our first event last year.  Besides great tunes, we have Arkose Brewery and Bearpaw River Brewing lined up this year to provide your favorite craft beers, and some super food vendors including'; Oh My Goodness Sammies & Pies, BBQ Babes, Spruce Tip Cafe, Jimbo's Food Bus and Pho Nora.  You can't go wrong with all of those choices!

Your support helps us continue our work towards helping fund an integrated network of trails and parks throughout the Borough.  

Tickets:  $40 (plus fees) ~ Get them ONLINE now! (Drink tickets sold separately)

Buy Tickets Locally: $40 ~ You can get them at Arkose Brewery, Active Soles, and Lavender

Go Green!  As with last year we won't be using disposable cups.  You can either bring your own non-breakable pint ware, or better yet...purchase one of our stainless steel pint glasses for $10!

All proceeds from this event are to help support our work and collaboration with partners to have a world class trail and park network in our Borough!  See you July 29th at The Chalet!
This event wouldn't be a success without the
support of these sponsors!

We couldn't do it without you!

Connect to Our Mission

When you support the Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation, you share your passion with others who are deeply committed to our mission of funding quality trails and parks throughout the Mat-Su Borough.  

Who Supports Us

From Talkeetna to the Palmer Hay Flats and beyond, the Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation enjoys the support of business owners, students, professionals, retirees, and partners at agencies that support our work.  All are committed to enhancing our quality of life here in the Mat-Su through our mission.

Support Us Today.  Please take the time to either download your Donation Form today, or go to PayPal and donate online.  Thank you!  Your donation will help us continue our work alongside our partners to continue the development of our trails and parks throughout the Mat-Su Borough. 

The Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit.  Your contribution is tax-deductible.  EIN:  90-0699180


Stuart Leidner, Executive Director
Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation 
Website     907-746-8757
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Photo Credits: Last Frontier Magazine and Cheyenne Peterson