The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has announced they’re in the design phase of their new visitor’s center for Soldotna. Refuge Manager Andy Loranger told us it was time for an upgrade…
Loranger: “The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is Alaska’s, of the 16 refuges, it’s Alaska’s most-visited refuge, and having a visitor’s center facility here, state of the art and ‘new’ has been high on our priority list, and the existing visitor’s center, or the existing headquarters that includes a small space for greeting our visitors and providing some interpretive information, was built in 1979, and so this is a great opportunity to, like I say, provide a state-of-the-art facility that is going to be focussed on visitor’s and be the entire function of that particular new buidling.”
Loranger said that “state-of-the-art” focus means they’re looking especially at ways to provide digital interaction for visitors.
KNWR expects to break ground this spring and complete construction during the fall of 2014.