Forest Service looks toward several projects


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The Anan Wildlife Observatory, with its improved walkways and trails, is a popular spot for people - and for bears. A family of brown bears found the walkway to their liking in this 2013 photograph. The U.S. Forest Service continues to make improvements at the Anan Creek site this summer, with more planned for the future.

Most of a half-mile of slippery boardwalk trail at the Anan Wildlife Observatory is being replaced with gravel this summer, but that's just one of several U.S. Forest Service projects planned and proposed for the Wrangell area over the next several years.

The agency is accepting public comments on another project proposed at Anan - a new deck at the viewing platform.

"The existing viewing platform has reached the end of its usable life and needs to be replaced,"according to the Forest Service website. "The new deck will eliminate deferred maintenance, reduce long-term maintenance costs, gen...

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