Contract for Vallenar Bay Timber Access Road awarded
June 06, 2016
The contract is for construction of a forest road from the Lewis Reef area to the existing logging road on the southeast side of Vallenar Bay and establishes access across Vallenar Creek to State land on the west side of Gravina. The project was financed through the 2013 capital budget as part of the Legislature and Governor’s work to enable access to State resources. The project is projected over time to also benefit the community of Ketchikan due to its proximity to Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Mental Health Trust, University of Alaska and private land.
The 8.5-mile road will take approximately one year to construct. Site work is scheduled to start the first part of August 2016. The single lane road will be maintained per the Forest Land Use Plan.
Developing access to the Vallenar area is part of the State’s intent to actively manage the Southeast State Forest as a “working forest” consistent with the principles of multiple use and sustained yield. A “working forest” means utilizing forest resources to create jobs and support healthy communities through active forest management, while protecting fish and wildlife habitat, providing the public with access to recreation and other multiple use of state land, and maintaining public benefits such as clean air, land, and water.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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