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Wildlife Refuge open to snowmachine use

Outdoor enthusiasts with more gasoline than ski wax running in their veins finally got the word they were waiting for: effective immediately, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open to snowmachine use. Refuge Manager Andy Loranger announced the opening today (Tuesday), saying it applies to all areas of traditional snowmachine use. Areas that are always closed to snowmachining include the refuge headquarters area on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area except for portions open to provide snowmachine access for ice fishing) Swan Lake and Swanson River Canoe Systems, Wolf Lake pipeline corridor and all areas above timberline except in the Caribou Hills.

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