Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Ownership Change
January 12, 2013
Singstad was a co-founder of the business, and a major contributor to the success of the enterprise, stated Salazar. He supervised the environmental clean-up of the former Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill site that was purchased by Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and undertook construction of a general store/administration building, landscaping, trail systems, zipline courses and support facilities at Herring Cove and Juneau, guide housing structures, raptor center and reindeer corral and barn.
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary commenced operations in 2004. The sanctuary is located 8 miles south of Ketchikan on 40 acres of rich rainforest in Herring Cove, an area famous for its wildlife and natural beauty. A stream flows through the property into a tidal estuary, where thousands of spawning salmon can be viewed in season. Also found here are bears, porpoise, eagles and a wide variety of other wildlife.
Guided wildlife trail tours offered by Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary are popular with visitors and locals. The trail system winds through the rainforest and over an estuary boardwalk. A multiple suspension bridge trail over a portion of Eagle Creek provides the opportunity to see bears feeding on salmon from above. Alaska’s first zipline tours were offered by ACA at Herring Cove in 2005. A second course was opened here in 2006.
The company opened a zipline course in Juneau in 2007.
Herring Cove is now an established visitor destination. All major cruise lines serving Ketchikan and Juneau now offer Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Alaska Canopy Adventures tours to their passengers.
Kris Singstad and his family have relocated to the Seattle area, with plans to pursue other interests.
Brien Salazar also is the owner of Ketchikan-based Taquan Air, Adventure Karts, and Harbor Point Business Park. Together the businesses employ over 200 persons seasonally with over 100 full time equivalent employees.
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