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By Dan Rudy 

Access improved at Anan, first phase in overhaul


August 31, 2017

Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

A group of visitors make their way up the new stairway at the Anan Wildlife Observatory's main beachhead. Completed before the summer, the permanent concrete and cedar fixture improves the ascent to the trailhead.

Improvements to the observatory at Anan Creek are complete, improving access and security for one of Wrangell's top visitor attractions.

Managed by the Forest Service, Anan Wildlife Observatory is best known for its bear population, one of the few where brown and black bears can be observed feeding together nonconfrontationally. Along with LeConte Glacier and the Stikine River, the sites brought in half of Wrangell's total tourism earnings in 2014, or $2 million, according to a study by Rain Coast Data, a Juneau consultancy. Under current management guidelines, between 1,700 and 1,850 visit...

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