Alaska Governor signs bill expanding Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge

Alaskan First Lady Donna Walker and Governor Bill Walker appeared at Machetanz Elementary School in Palmer

Alaskan First Lady Donna Walker and Governor Bill Walker appeared at Machetanz Elementary School in Palmer

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed HB 153 into law yesterday while at a bill-signing reception that will expand Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge and access to public lands for Alaskans. The bill was passed during the regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

Sponsored by Representative Jim Colver of Palmer, HB 153 adds three state-owned sections of land, approximately 2,900 acres, to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Located at the head of Cook Inlet, these lands will now be formally protected for future generations to use for outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. Governor Walker signed the bill into law at Machetanz Elementary School in Palmer before students, staff, and community members. Earlier this year, students from the school wrote to their legislators in support of HB 153 and followed its progress as a way to learn about state government.

“I applaud the students and staff at Machetanz for getting involved in their local government, and voicing their support for such an important piece of legislation,” Governor Walker said. “I also want to recognize Representative Colver for his work on this bill. Thanks to the dedication of this group, more Alaskans will be able to enjoy the Palmer Hay Flats State Refuge.”

**courtesy Great Land Trust and Governor Walker’s Office