207-Acre Addition to Settlers
Cove State Park Announced
January 11, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Conservation Fund, in partnership with
the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Division of Parks
and Outdoor Recreation, announced today the addition of a 207-acre
tract to Settlers Cove State Park in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Located along Lunch Creek at the north end of the North Tongass
Highway, the property was purchased from the University of Alaska.
Funding for the purchase was provided by the Alaska Department
of Transportation as mitigation for wetlands impacts associated
with taxiway construction at the Ketchikan Airport.
Photograph by Lance Mertz - May 2005
Acquisition of this 207-acre tract enhances the state park system
by providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation and
by protecting an area of significant natural, scientific and
educational value. Prior to the addition of the Lunch
Creek tract, Settlers Cove State Park consisted of 76 acres
in a narrow band of ocean frontage.
The Lunch Creek property is representative of the Southeast Alaska
temperate rainforest, supporting open and forested muskeg meadows,
old growth stands of Sitka spruce and red cedar, and a half-mile
stretch of Lunch Creek. A hiking trail was recently constructed
on the newly-acquired land.
The Lunch Creek project enjoyed wide community support from the
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, the Ketchikan Chamber of
Commerce, the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, and the Ketchikan State
Parks Advisory Board. A ribbon-cutting celebration
is planned for the spring of 2006 to recognize supporters of
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