Construction Work to Begin at Anan Wildlife Observatory
WRANGELL, Alaska, March 6, 2017 – Anan Wildlife Observatory will soon be implementing site improvements for safety and to extend the life of its existing facilities. The work is scheduled to begin March 15, 2017, weather permitting. Rainforest Contracting Inc. of Petersburg, Alaska, will be making improvements to the trailhead and observatory deck.
The work will require periodic closures to portions of the Anan Creek Trail (Trail #448) during construction, and closure of the Lower Falls Observation Deck when the work moves to that location in the spring. The contractor will use warning and/or closure signs when necessary for the safety of forest visitors. Periodic closures related to the contract are possible through June 15, 2017. In order to avoid interfering with the prime bear viewing season, any work not completed by June 15 would be finished in the fall.
Improvements at the trailhead 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 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.