The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Friend of Seward - Cliff Sisson


Cliff Sisson

Another Friend of Seward nominated this year, and most worthy of recogntion is Cliff Sisson. The 72 year old has been a dedicated volunteer for the Alaska State Parks for the past eight years.

With over a 1,000 hours of volunteer time, Sisson returned to Lowell Point in May. He spent the three months on the trail crew logging another 450 hours of volunteer service to the Parks and the community. His energy has been focused primarily within the Caines Head State Recreation Area. Some of the projects included annual trail clearing, trail maintenance, operations logistics, facility maintenance, public use cabin project consulting and boat maintenance.

Sisson's dedication to making things better for park users and his ability to keep on giving is unprecedented. The Parks saved days, if not weeks, of time and energy by consulting him on current and future projects. His volunteer efforts continue long after the paid staff have gone home for the night. The wheels keep on turning and come the morning light, Sisson shares another brainstorm.

A few specific highlights from this past summer include replacing log puncheons on the Alpine Trail, re-establishing the Rocky Point area, Spruce Glacier public use cabin upgrades, a dinghy deployment system on the 22-foot landing craft and a wood carving of an orca.

"Next time you are recreating in the Caines Head State Recreation Area take a good look around at the trail and facility conditions. I can almost guarantee that Cliff was involved with either hands on or assisted by means of consulting," says Park Ranger Tom Kain.


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