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Strategic Planning
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Forest Service 2003 Success Stories

Success Stories: Alaganik Fisherman's Trail

The Cordova Ranger District Fisheries and Recreation/Trails staffs worked together throughout 2002 to construct 2,400 feet of trail on the Copper River Delta. The area receives heavy use from sport fisherman for the two months during the Silver Salmon runs in August and September. The resource damage along this mostly muskeg route was in severe condition, with areas of knee-deep mud and trail braiding.

To deal with the mud and muck of the muskeg, a new type of interlocking panel is being tested on foot paths instead of the traditional pressure-treated boards. The panels have seventy-two open cells, measuring three inch by three inch per panel, and are used in Alaska for soil stabilization on ATV trails. Placing the panels below grade and covering them with gravel or soil creates a hardened road bed, pad, or trail tread strong enough to endure a lot of traffic during the Silver Salmon runs!

This new construction will not only minimize the resource damage caused by the heavy sport fishing use in 2003, but will also provide visitors with an opportunity to more easily access and explore this beautiful part of the Copper River Delta, east of Cordova.

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