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Public comment period begins for proposed land swap

Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on a proposed land swap that involves trading about 220 acres off the Eaglecrest Ski Area Road near here for approximately 100 acres on Admiralty Island.

The Admiralty Island land is on the south shore of South Arm Hood Bay.

The swap would be an important step in consolidating National Forest System lands on Admiralty Island for management as wilderness, the agency said.

The acreage is owned by heirs of the George Family Estate, who are represented in the land swap talks by the Tlingit-Haida Central Council.

The George family wants to build a lodge and restaurant on the land off Eaglecrest Road, the Forest Service said.

The environmental assessment stipulates a 25-foot-wide easement for the Treadwell Ditch. The easement will allow continued public use of the trail and Forest Service maintenance, the agency said.

An old State Department of Fish and Game field camp cabin will be removed as part of the agreement.

The 30-day public comment period was to begin Dec. 20.



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