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New $10 Day Use Permits Required At Anan Wildlife Observatory


February 25, 2004
Wednesday - 1:15 am

The Wrangell Ranger District will implement a new day-use permit and $10 fee system at the Anan Wildlife Observatory starting in July. People wishing to visit Anan between July 5 and Aug. 25 each year will need a permit, which can be purchased in advance. During this period, visiting hours at the site will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Forest Service officials said reservations are highly recommended. The permit will cost $10 per individual, per day, and is non-refundable.

The Forest Service has established the capacity at 60 permits per day during the regulated season.

A variety of outfitters, guides and transporter services are available from Wrangell and Ketchikan to serve visitors wishing transportation to Anan. Authorized guides accompanying paying clients will not need to have an individual permit, and aren't counted in the 60-day capacity.

Groups renting the Anan Bay Recreation Cabin will be entitled to four day-use permits for their party for each date they have the cabin reserved. Cabin users also will pay a $10 fee per person for the day use permits.

"Anan is a world-class resource important to local southeast Alaska residents as well as visitors to the area," said Wrangell District Ranger Brian Riggers.

The Anan Wildlife Observatory is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Recreation Fee Demo Site. Funds collected from the reservation system will be used to maintain and operate the reservation and permit system at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. If revenue is collected above the amount needed to administer the reservation system, the funds will be used to improve visitor services at Anan.

The Anan Wildlife Observatory reservation website will be located on the Internet as a link off the Tongass website at

The Wrangell District will begin accepting requests for reservations to the Anan Wildlife Observatory, starting March 1. Instructions for making reservation requests will be found on the website.

"We anticipate a high demand for permits on days when cruise ships are visiting Wrangell," said Sandy Skrien, Recreation and Lands staff officer for the Wrangell Ranger District. "In order to issue permits in a fair manner, the District will accept requests for permits between March 1 and 14 for the summer season. The district will collect all requests, and then conduct lotteries for dates when we have more requests than openings. The District will notify lottery recipients by March 17. Starting March 18, reservations will be accepted by the automated reservation system on a first-come, first-served basis."

"To accommodate requests for use nearer to the summer season, the reservation system will hold 12 of the 60 available permits until three days prior to the visiting date," Skrien added. "Once released, those permits will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis."



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U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest
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