Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEALT) has just acquired 2.5 acres of the Mendenhall Wetlands for conservation purposes.
The area, known as Eagles View, is adjacent to the existing state game refuge, near the Mendenhall Peninsula residential area, and was once below the high tide line. The land has slowly risen out of the water due to the glacier receding and the land "springing" back up. This parcel was legally given to the nearby private property owner originally.
"We basically bought that piece, that has been what we call 'accreted,' from him," said Executive Director of Southeast Alaska Land Trust, Steve Brockmann. "And we've now permanently protected it." SEALT will allow open access to the land for hiking, birding, and outdoor enjoyment.
In total, SEALT owns over 100 acres near the refuge. A large portion of the acreage has been acquired through the same process as Eagles View.