Nabesna Road Trails Projects Updates
Soda Lake Trail: This trail, formerly known as the Big Grayling or Soda Creek trail, is currently accessed from the Lost Creek trail at the 2-mile mark. Trail crew is engaged in the construction of a temporary access road up the Lost Creek gravel floodplainto establish a construction camp and access road for the Soda Creek trail re-route project area (approximately 3 miles up the floodplain). The crew has a temporary camp just upstream from the Lost Creek crossing (east side). They have initiated light grading operations along the flood plain and at numerous stream crossing sites.The team is working with a tracked skid-steer equipped with a six-way blade and a tracked carrier that will be used to transport camp and trail construction materials to the camp and trail head location.The work schedule is Monday - Friday until July 16 when they will initiate a 10 day work period.
Copper Lake Trail: Trail crew is engaged in gravel capping and experimental slot-trench work on Copper.They have a temporary camp at the trail head.The crew has in-filled approximately 1/2 of the 2011 GeoBlock installation with D-1 class gravel and spread a hundred yards of gravel along the trail.Operations just got in to full swing on June 22.The team is working with a small 2 cu yd tracked gravel hauler, a small John Deere back hoe, a wheeled skid-steer and a tracked excavator.The schedule of work involves two 10 day shifts at the site:6/19-6/28 and 7/3-7/12.
Volunteers needed! There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities associated with the scheduled trail improvements this summer.Volunteers will be needed to help clear brush, install geotextile or Geoblock, spread gravel, and other trail improvement activities.Volunteers will need to provide transportation to the work site.If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Angela Kearns / Slana Ranger Station at822-7401,
For additional information please call Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907)822-7223.
Did You Know?
The fishwheel, a device relied upon by many Alaskans today for harvesting salmon, was first used in the U.S. in North Carolina in 1829. A good spot to observe fishwheels in action is in the Copper River, near Chitina.