By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Forest Service to tackle backlog of maintenance projects


Wrangell’s recreational infrastructure is about to get a much-needed makeover in the coming months and years thanks to federal maintenance dollars from the Forest Service.

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), signed by then-President Donald Trump in 2020, directed $8.1 billion over five fiscal years — 2021 to 2025 — to fund maintenance and repair work that had been put off due to budget or workforce issues. The money is for projects on federal lands, like trails, bridges, monuments and campgrounds.

In past funding cycles, the Wrangell Ranger District has used money to redo the roa...

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