Sierra Club opposes reroute of Sterling Highway

Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003

Saturday was National Trails Day. In celebration of this nationwide event, about 40 members of the Sierra Club hiked the south end of Resurrection Pass Trail to Juneau Falls. We also hiked to raise awareness for the proposed re-route of the Sterling Highway.

Believe it or not, the Alaska Department of Transportation has four different alternatives known as Juneau Creek Alternatives for a major bypass project through this area known as the Juneau Creek Watershed. One of the alternatives would actually put the road across Resurrection Pass Trail. That's bad news for the trail and bad news for the bears. The Juneau Creek Watershed is prime feeding ground for the Kenai River brown bear population. These bears are listed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a population of special concern. Hikers, hunters, skiers, birders and fishermen are all against the Juneau Creek Alternatives. Tell the DOT you are too, by going to www.sterlinghighway.net before Friday to say no the Juneau Creek Alternatives and yes to upgrading the existing highway through the Kenai Wall Variant Alternative.

Betsy Goll

Regional conservation organizer

Sierra Club Alaska



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