Helicopter landings at Juneau Ice Field to stay at current number

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has decided to extend the current level of commercial helicopter tour landings on the Juneau Ice Field for next season.

Commercial helicopter tour landings have been frozen during the past four years at 19,037. District Ranger Pete Griffin said the Forest Service was working on a new Environmental Impact Statement measuring the effects of the landings.

Griffin said he expects to have it done and a record of decision signed by late spring.

The Forest Service has been involved in talks with helicopter tour companies and citizen's groups over reducing flightseeing noise since last February.

''We're going to look for good ideas that we can implement next summer regarding noise reduction,'' Griffin said. ''If there are some good ideas that come out of the mediation process, we're sure more than willing to implement them.''

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