Forest Service proposes long-term Anan plan

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public’s input as it releases a 30-year plan for construction projects at Anan Wildlife Observatory near Wrangell.

The observatory is one of the most popular bear-viewing destinations in Southeast Alaska and is slated to receive a suite of trail improvements and structure improvements to accommodate a growing number of visitors.

The most controversial of late is a mooring float expected to offer space for small boats, floatplanes and skiffs. Passengers would have to travel between the mooring float and the shore on a skiff, disembarking on the Anan beach.

A proposal for a floating dock on the beach was rejected due to cost concerns and public opposition.

The Forest Service is taking public comments on the float plan and other projects at Anan. The deadline for comments on the mooring float is March 1. Email dgalla@fs.fed.us.

To see the plans for Anan projects, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/AnanProjects

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