Registration open as the 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference goes virtual and free

The 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual, and now it’s free. It will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, June 9-12. Click this link to register for the conference.

Each day’s agenda will open with a specialist discussing the science and evidence of that day’s theme, followed by another speaker who will feature an Alaska example. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ‘chat’ and share information after each day’s events.

The themes and speakers for each day are:

Some of our speakers include Ana Lucaci and Nicole Huegenin of Denver-based Walk2Connect, Dr. Elliot Bruhl of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC, Chief Medical Officer based in Sitka), Bonita Banks BSN RN of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alfgeir Kristjannson PhD from the University of West Virginia and Reykjavik University (Iceland), Maeve Nevins-Lavtar from the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr Frederick Foote MD, Sarana Schell of AARP Alaska, Ken McLeod JD policy director of the League of American Bicyclists, Lee Hart of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance, and Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Sustina Bicycle Institute.

Click this link,, to hear Sitka’s Doug Osborne of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Anchorage’s Dawn Groth RN BSN of the Alaska Division of Public Health discuss the conference during a May 18 morning interview on Sitka’s KCAW-Raven Radio.

A tentative agenda is posted below. To register for this free, virtual conference, click this link, For more information, contact Dawn Groth at

• Alaska Walk and Bike Conference flier (PDF for printing)

• Tentative Agenda for the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference (updated May 28)

(UPDATED) USDA Forest Service proposes reroute of Harbor Mountain / Gavan Hill Trail section

UPDATE, the following email was sent to stakeholders by the USDA Forest Service on May 7:


The Harbor Mountain/Gavan Hill Trail Reconstruction project is cancelled until the land exchange with Alaska Mental Health Trust has been completed (estimated for the end of 2020).  We will ask for comments again when the project is back in active status.

We appreciate your interest in the management of our National Forests

The Sitka Ranger District of the USDA Forest Service is proposing to reroute the Gavan Hill segment of the Harbor Mountain / Gavan Hill Trail, beginning with survey and design in 2020 followed by construction in 2021 or when funds become available.

A project description can be found here on the internet along with a project area map.

You can email your comments to with “Gavan Reconstruction” in the subject line. Comments can also be faxed (907-747-4253) or mailed to Perry Edwards, District Ranger, 2108 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, AK 99835. Please submit your comments by June 1, 2020.

If you would like more information about the proposal, please contact project manager Mike Mullin at (907) 747-4274 or

We appreciate your interest in the management of our National Forests.

• Information sheet about the Harbor Mountain / Gavan Hill Trail project