Glacier holds open house

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center presented some ideas for future projects to the public during an Open House.

    Some of the ideas being tossed about are creating new trails with elevated paths or even a dock area, all with the goal of bring people as close to the natural wonders of the glacier, without harming wildlife.

    People were encouraged to look at the various maps, ask questions, and leave direct feedback on the designs through note pads.

    Director John Neary said the funding side of these projects would need some assistance outside of federal dollars.   He said they take wildlife into account in every action they take, "For example at Steep Creek where we restore Salmon habitat, and expanding platforms to move along the stream.  We are thinking about bird nests, how wildlife travels right down to the porcupines."

    He said the big goal is improve access to the recreation area and to emphasize economic and resource sustainability.

    The planning process has gone on for 20 months.  The next phase is the environmental review.  They will also receive written comments on any proposed actions.

    Neary said he is confident the plan will meet the needs for the future, "Throughout the whole area, people want to see the Glacier.  When they learn of all the other wildlife they get equally as excited, its an important goal of ours to provide and protect those things into the future."

    Public input is encouraged through the whole process.

    The Visitor Center will be open once more on April 30th. You can find those designs through a link on our website.

    Find the potential designs at www.mgra-mgvc.us as well as the ability to comment on the project

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