Tour operators will exceed visitor limit at Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau tourism companies are being forced to turn away visitors who want to see the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area this summer as they are reaching the commercial tourism limit due to “unprecedented increases in visitation,” the U.S. Forest Service announced July 7.

The Forest Service each year doles out permitted “service days” to tour providers, such as bus companies or taxi services carrying tourists, in order to manage the area and protect the ecosystem.

A service day equates to one tourist visiting the Mendenhall Glacier for one day. A decision in 2015 following an environmental analy...

 

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