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By Dan Rudy 

Health Trust land swap explained in public meeting


April 13, 2017

Illustration courtesy of USFS

This map of the Wrangell area shows proposed lands for trade under the Alaska Mental Health Trust Act of 2017, currently under consideration in Congress. Four parcels of AMHT-administered land along Zimovia Highway would be part of a broader exchange with the Forest Service, effectively becoming part of the Tongass National Forest.

Administrators for the Mental Health Trust Land Office last week finished off a series of meetings held to inform the public about an impending land exchange.

More than a decade in the making, the exchange in question would be between AMHT and the United States Forest Service, involving nearly 39,000 acres of woodlands scattered across Southeast. The meetings coincide with bills submitted at the state and federal levels last month that would move the deal forward.

Trust deputy director Wyn Menefee and senior resource manager Paul Slenkamp finished their run through affected communities, Ket...

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