MHT, Slenkamp check wood taken from danger cut


Greg Knight

Wrangell electrical superintendent Clay Hammer surveys the cut near 12.5-Mile Zimovia Highway. The trees removed were on Alaska Mental Health Trust land. Mike Allen, Jr. cut down the trees in an agreement with Wrangell Light and Electric.

The City and Borough of Wrangell faced a check up from Alaska Mental Health Trust senior resource manager Paul Slenkamp after a report of excessive tree removal near the end of the road at 12.5 Mile Zimovia Highway last month.

In what was defined as a timber cut to remove dangerous trees near the power line extension between Pats Lake Road and McCormack Creek, the city electrical department was issued an authorization to trim the area to remove dying or decaying trees that were threatening the power lines.

That license, which was issued by the MHT to electrical superintendent Clay Hammer, c...

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