Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park
A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, preserving and protecting the resources of
Kachemak Bay State Park.
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
Homer, AK 99603

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The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to promote the enhancement, preservation and protection of the natural recreational, scientific and historical resources of Kachemak Bay State Park. Located on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay State Park includes 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests, beaches, and rivers. Trail systems are expansive, and Alaskans and visitors alike frequent the park year round for hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and berry picking.

The Friends assist in charitable activities including implementing park improvements and funding volunteer trail crews; enhancing conservation and safety awareness programs; supporting recreational endeavors like the Kachemak Bay Water Trail; and furthering educational opportunities.

The Friends organizes several events to promote and enhance the park’s natural values, as well as the visitor experience, including outreach opportunities at the Homer Shorebird Festival; the ‘Friendship Walk’ with local naturalists providing interpretation of the natural environment of the Park; Trails Day events, partnering with local water taxis to provide an opportunity for volunteers to get across Kachemak Bay to help with priority trail maintenance projects; promoting the Kachemak Bay Coast Walk, where volunteers help collect marine debris on designated beaches within the park; promoting National Public Lands Day, to raise public awareness of the importance of maintaining public lands; purchasing supplies for trails volunteers working in the park; and showing appreciation to volunteer trail crews by hosting a pizza party at the end of the trail season.

Board Members

DAVE BRANN A retired teacher and active outdoorsman, Dave loves to create trails that invite people to enjoy the local wild lands and water. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail and serves now as the Co-Chair of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee. Dave is also active with the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, the Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, and the Homer- Kachemak Bay Rotary Club.

DOROTHY MELAMBIANAKIS (Vice-President, Treasurer) A love and appreciation of Alaska’s vast resources, recreational opportunities, and people has inspired Dorothy’s work in the non-profit and public sectors, focusing on land management, community engagement, and conservation issues. Depending on the season, you can usually find her fishing, cross country skiing, backpacking, or working on her cabin.

KRIS HOLDERIED A physical oceanographer with the National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Kris came to Homer from the Washington, DC area to coordinate research, education and outreach activities at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, near Seldovia. Before coming to NOAA she worked on environmental compliance issues for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy as an oceanography officer (more frequently known as a “weather guesser”).

MAKO HAGGERTY (President) Owner and operator of a successful local water taxi service, Mako moved to Alaska over 22 years ago to pursue a career in commercial fishing. Mako has worked tirelessly on a variety of commercial fishing, environmental and global trade issues, and actively involved with Cook Inletkeeper, KBBI, and the Kachemak Bay State Parks Citizen Advisory Board.

MELISSE REICHMAN (Secretary) Melisse moved to Homer three years ago after falling in love with the community and place while here on two previous visits. Her travels and work in wildlife biology and education of youth have taken her to remote and wild places in many parts of the world, primarily in the tropics of South and Central America, as well as Madagascar. Melisse enjoys hiking, skiing, canoeing and kayaking, tide pooling, snorkeling and scuba, yoga and dance.

ROBERT ARCHIBALD Recently retired after working 48 years in the marine industry. Robert has lived in Homer for thirty years with wife Roberta Highland. He was on the founding board of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and serves on the Homer Parks and Recreation Commission. Robert is active with the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association, the Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Club, and the Kachemak Bay Water Trail.

PAUL ANDERSON Recently retired as Superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve, Paul has spent the last 20 years in leadership roles protecting Alaska's National Parks. He fell in love with the exquisite beauty and ecological complexity of Kachemak Bay on his first trip to Homer in 1989, and is now achieving his life dream to live in this incredible place and learn to kayak. Paul's hobbies include fishing, backpacking, bicycling, and Nordic skiing.