Yakutat guiding service convicted of violating use permit

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat guiding service was convicted Monday of violating the terms of the Forest Service special-use permit under which it operates.

Ken Fanning, owner of Yakutat Lodge, entered two guilty pleas Monday on behalf of his company. Fanning acknowledged that Yakutat Lodge failed to accurately report the number of boats it outfitted on the Situk River last year.

The company was sentenced to pay a $12,000 fine and was placed on probation for two years.

The Situk River runs through the Tongass National Forest and is known for world-class fishing, including steelhead and all five species of Pacific salmon.

Yakutat Lodge offered guiding services on the river under terms of a special-use permit. The company and 10 other guide services were each allowed to guide and outfit a limited number of boats on the Situk River each season. The Forest Service uses the permit system to manage the impact of commercial use on the river.

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