Anan Bay Cabin destroyed by falling tree

    The tree took down a side wall and caved in the cabin’s roof. (Photo courtesy of USDA Forest Service)

    Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The Anan Bay Cabin is closed until further notice after a large spruce tree fell on the structure and caused severe damage two weeks ago. The tree took down a side wall and caved in the cabin’s roof.

    Recreation staff from the Wrangell Ranger District were unable to visit the cabin for further assessment due to the weather for an entire week after the incident occurred on Feb. 24.

    Tori Houser, the Acting District Ranger for the Wrangell Ranger District, summarized the incident.

    "Two weekends ago, I got a call from a person in Ketchikan. He took his boat with his family out there to have a nice winter visit and arrived and found that a large spruce tree had fallen on the cabin and completely demolished it. It wasn't safe to use. So they were able to go and stay at another local cabin, but he was kind enough to give me a call and let me know what happened," she said. "Our folks, we had to wait a whole week to get good enough weather so we could get out there; but I sent my folks out last Monday and they found that it was pretty rough. One thing that was interesting is that the tree, a large spruce tree fell over and it was a total root wad fall. So the root wad gateway and the whole thing. The whole tree tipped over onto the cabin."

    Houser said clean-up wouldn't occur until the spring when the tree will be thawed and easier to move. She said it will be a long process and their Ranger District is still deciding on the best course of action, and if there are any pieces they will be able to save and reuse.

    The cabin is about 25 miles south of the community of Wrangell. It's about an hour and fifteen-minute boat ride to get there, and then a mile walk on a trail.

    Anan Bay Cabin was originally built in 1964, but a new cabin was constructed in the spring of 2012 using Alaska yellow cedar from the Tongass National Forest.

    Houser added if people are interested in volunteering when the time comes she will reach out to them.

    "It's going to be quite a job," she said. "We are hopefully going to seek funding and make an engineering plan to reconstruct the cabin."

    To be put on a list as a potential volunteer this spring, contact Houser's main office at 907-874-2323.

    Below: A view looking up at the destruction. (Photo courtesy of USDA Forest Service)

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