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Public comment sought on proposal to remove nine public recreation use cabins


August 20, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska -The Tongass National Forest is seeking comment on a proposal to remove nine public recreation use cabins and convert three to shelters due to poor condition, low use, and funding. The twelve cabins are on Admiralty National Monument, and Ketchikan-Misty, Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, and Yakutat Ranger Districts.

A few of these cabins are collapsed and beyond repair. Many are dilapidated and have not been on the cabin reservation system for many years. The cabins that were available for rent received very little or no use. After these cabins are removed or converted to shelters, 143 cabins and 43 shelters will remain on the Tongass for public use.

Because some of the cabins are in Wilderness areas, the Tongass will request approval from the Regional Forester to remove the Wilderness cabins. If the Regional Forester approvals the proposal, the Secretary of Agriculture will inform the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the intent to remove public use cabins in Wilderness areas.


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