The public can weigh in on updates to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area

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The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau. December 2021. (Photo by Claire Stremple/KTOO)

The Forest Service is in the midst of a long process that could lead to significant changes to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in Juneau. This month it released a document detailing the possible environmental impacts of different expansion options. The public has a chance to weigh in on those right now.

The original visitor center was built in the 1960s, but the glacier won’t be visible at all in a few decades. There has also been a significant increase in visitor numbers since then. So the Forest Service has proposed expanded trails, a new visitor center, and remote glacier facilities — as well as motorized boat tours on the lake to bring people closer to melting ice.

A long The draft environmental impact statement for the project is available online, at Juneau public libraries and at the Mendenhall Visitor Center. A video summarizing the potential changes is available online.

The Forest Service will accept public comments until April 18. You can also learn more and ask questions about the proposed work during an evening webinar on March 31.

Comments can be submitted in lineby fax to 907-586-8808, or hand-delivered to 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

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