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Campbell Creek Estuary opens

Visitors check out Beluga Overlook at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Hundreds gather for the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors are split into groups for docent tours at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors walk to and from a viewing platform down by the water at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Hundreds await the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
The beluga overlook platform proves popular at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes.
Erik Hill
As if on cue, hundreds of geese make an appearance at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Liam Cleary, 5, leads dad Steve up a trail at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Birders gain a bonus by catching a view of a lazuli bunting, a songbird commonly found much farther south, while attending the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out Beluga Overlook at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Hundreds gather for the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors are split into groups for docent tours at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors walk to and from a viewing platform down by the water at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Hundreds await the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
The beluga overlook platform proves popular at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes.
Erik Hill
As if on cue, hundreds of geese make an appearance at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Liam Cleary, 5, leads dad Steve up a trail at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Birders gain a bonus by catching a view of a lazuli bunting, a songbird commonly found much farther south, while attending the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out Beluga Overlook at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Hundreds gather for the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors are split into groups for docent tours at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors walk to and from a viewing platform down by the water at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Hundreds await the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
The beluga overlook platform proves popular at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes.
Erik Hill
As if on cue, hundreds of geese make an appearance at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Liam Cleary, 5, leads dad Steve up a trail at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out one of three new viewing platforms at the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out the sandhill blind, one of three new viewing platforms open to the public following the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The deck features a blind to allow observation of nesting birds, including sandhill cranes. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Erik Hill
Birders gain a bonus by catching a view of a lazuli bunting, a songbird commonly found much farther south, while attending the dedication of the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area midday Friday, October 11, 2013, south of West Dimond Boulevard near Jewel Lake. The 60-acre area is one of few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The Great Land Trust raised over $7.7 million to purchase the property before transferring it to the city. "We are very proud of the efforts of so many local individuals, businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and agency partners that made this amazing project possible," said GLT executive director Phil Shephard.
Erik Hill
Alaska Dispatch