Color-coded trail markers help travelers around Y-K region

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- Color-coded trail markers are making travel safer around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this winter, the Bethel Search and Rescue group says.

The colors white and orange indicate a good snowmachine or vehicle trail. Red indicates a rough ice road. Green markers signify there's some sort of shelter nearby, probably a fish camp or a cabin. Blue trail makers indicate thin ice or open water.

The colors are marked on poles lining trails between villages commonly used by residents who travel around the Y-K region.

The trails usually are marked at the beginning of the season using funding from the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Media coverage about recent rescues and more awareness of the trail marking system have helped reduce the number of rescues his group has had to conduct so far this year, search and rescue group President Peter Atchak told The Tundra Drums.

Four drownings have been recorded on the Kuskokwim River this winter.

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