Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Anan improvements to target outhouses and trailhead


March 16, 2017

Photo submitted by USDA

Upgrades will be made to the Anan Wildlife Observatory between now and mid-June. Improvements at the trailhead (top drawing) include: safer access to the trail from the beach landing area, replacement of the trailhead outhouse, replacement of an elevated boardwalk overlooking the Anan Lagoon, and gravel surfacing of walkways and gathering areas. Improvements at the observatory deck (lower drawing) include: the relocation and replacement of the observatory deck outhouse to provide access for visitors without having to leave the relative safety of the deck, along with other necessary maintenance to lengthen the life of the facility. Drawings courtesy of USDA

For visitors this summer to Anan Wildlife Observatory, trips to the restroom will become a bit less hectic.

Up to the present, the oft-visited outdoor attraction's outhouse is sited apart from the main observation area – and its protective barriers – making run-ins with Anan's bears en route to the toilet an occasional risk. At least a few people have had to wait out a passing bear from inside, which can be unpleasant in addition to an unnerving experience.

The Forest Service (USFS) Wrangell Ranger District, which manages Anan, will make the problem a thing of the past, and work slated...

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