SEAL Trust purchased this property with support from a major donor, Edgar J. Huizer, and the Department of Alaska Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, on March 30, 2015.
SEAL Trust is currently fundraising in order to improve this site to allow for easy and safe public access to Gastineau Channel and the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
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- The site is an undeveloped coastal/waterfront property that abuts the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge and expands upon an existing protected area.
- Provides important upland buffer that helps to preserve the integrity of the ecologically important habitat contained within the Refuge.
- Provides undeveloped, scenic viewsheds.
- Provides public access to the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game refuge and Gastineau Channel for use by fishermen and the general public. The property is strategically located directly across the Channel from the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.
- The protection of this property ensures that the recreational, scientific, and educational opportunities of the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge remain accessible forever.
- Uniqueness of property to area.
- Likelihood that development of the property would lead to or contribute to degradation of the scenic, natural, or historic character of the area.
- Importance of the property in preserving a local or regional landscape or resource that attracts tourism or commerce to the area.
- Opportunity for general public to use the property or appreciate its undeveloped, scenic values.