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Forest Service Seeks Help to Preserve the M/V Chugach Ranger Boat


JUNEAU, Alaska—June 27, 2016. The Forest Service is seeking to find an alternative use of the historic M/V Chugach, the last wooden ranger boat in the fleet operating in Southeast Alaska. Field-going personnel need economically feasible modes of transportation for their day-to-day work activities, and must consider the costs of maintaining and operating the M/V Chugach. For this reason, the Forest Service is seeking proposals from the public to lease, adaptively reuse, and preserve the vessel. Particular consideration will be given to suggestions that best preserve the boat’s historic integrity.


Proposals will be accepted for a 30-day period June 27– July 27, 2016. Please email proposals to rangerboat@fs.fed.us. Include your name, the name of your organization, your alternative use idea or feasibility plan, or lease proposal. Specifications and more information are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/MVChugach.


If you prefer, you can send correspondence to:

Keri Hicks

Heritage Program Leader

Forest Service, Alaska Region

P. O. Box 21628

Juneau, Alaska  99802


The M/V Chugach was designed by Seattle-based boat designer L. H. Coolidge. It launched in Seattle in 1925 and has been in service ever since transporting scientists, government officials, supplies, and guests throughout the areas administered by the Forest Service in Alaska. It is about 62 feet long, 14.5 feet wide, and is estimated to displace 40 tons. The boat was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.


The boat is currently being repaired in Wrangell, Alaska, with completion scheduled for mid-summer.


The Alaska Region of the Forest Service manages almost 22 million acres of land within the Chugach and Tongass National Forests to meet society’s needs for a variety of goods, services, and amenities while enhancing the Forests’ health and productivity, and to foster similar outcomes for State and private forestland across Alaska. The U.S. Forest service is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.


USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider, and lender.


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