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Public may nominate Forest Service trails in trouble

April 15th, 2017 | Mike Campbell, Alaska Dispatch News Print this article   Email this article  

The Alaska Region of the U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public's help to identify trails that are hurting.

Nationwide, the Forest Service will select nine to 15 priority areas among its nine regions where a backlog of deferred trail maintenance hurt access or harmed natural resources.

"We look forward to identifying trails in need of maintenance that partners and volunteers are ready to support on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests," Becky Nourse, acting regional forester, said in a press release. "Trail users and other members of the public can provide important feedback that will help us prioritize our trail maintenance efforts."

The Alaska Region can submit at least three regional proposals to national headquarters by April 20. Trail maintenance efforts are outlined in the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016, which aims to double trail maintenance by volunteers and partners within four years. Send ideas to Regional Trail Program Manager Sharon Seim by 5 p.m. April 17, 2017 — by phone at 907-586-8804, or by email to


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