Juneau OKs land deal for Herbert River property

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly has approved providing matching funds to put 148 acres of coastal wetlands and wildlife habitat into public hands.

The assembly on Monday unanimously agreed to provide the entire $254,000 in matching funds to buy the Herbert River property from Channel Construction and William Shorty'' Tonsgard.

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust and other local groups obtained a $553,000 federal grant for the purchase last year.

Southeast Alaska Land Trust Executive Director Diane Mayer asked the Assembly to provide the entire local match instead of seeking donations.

If the match money is not raised, it's very likely the $553,000 grant would be lost,'' she said.

The land at Herbert River is near the Boy Scout Camp and provides habitat for migratory birds, four species of salmon, Dolly Varden, cutthroat and steelhead trout.

It also is popular with local hikers, cross-country skiers and beachcombers. Strawberry Creek, a main tributary of the Herbert River, runs through the area.

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