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The Forest Service has released a list of places it could build new public-use cabins in Alaska. Now it’s your turn to weigh in.

US Forest Service officials are take the next step to evaluate where to build new cabins in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

Last month, the Forest Service announced that it had received about $14 million to use to repair old cabins and build new ones across the state. The money comes from the $1 trillion infrastructure package championed by the Biden administration.

The Forest Service has rolled out an interactive map dotted with 50 approximate locations of potential cabins and details about their construction. The proposals are based on previous public comments.

Officials now want more help from the public in deciding which ones to build. The focus is on accessibility: Many of the cabins on offer are along the state’s highway system instead of tucked away in its remote wilderness and accessible only by boat and plane.

The Forest Service doesn’t have the money to build all of the cabins offered on their map, so it’s time to let them know which ones need to be built. The agency is collecting comments on the proposals until the end of October.

“We want to hear from the public telling us what they want to see,” said James King, director of recreation, lands and minerals for the Forest Service’s Alaska Region. said in a written statement. “Knowing which places people prefer and what types of cabin features we can add to ensure a more enjoyable stay will help us make this effort a success.”

People can click on the map for more details on the proposals – the blue dots would start construction in 2023, while the red ones would start in 2024. If people have any issues with the map, they can email feedback. mail to [email protected]

Here’s what the Forest Service offers in south-central Alaska.

Porcupine Campground: This cabin would be located near the Porcupine Campground, which is in Hope. Located in a “tranquil birch forest with a view” of Turnagain Arm and its tides, the cabin would be in an area that is a gateway for hiking, biking, hunting and fishing in the national forest.

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Berry pass: Officials are reportedly building a cabin near the community of Girdwood in Berry Pass along the Upper Winner Creek Trail segment of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. “The cabin would provide a backcountry setting for adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, packrafters, and anyone looking for stunning views and great berry-picking opportunities,” according to the Forest Service.

tin can: Tincan Cabin would be located along Turnagain Pass in the popular Tincan backcountry ski resort, and would be a “quick access backcountry overnight opportunity, with recreational opportunities available all year round. ‘year”.

granite stream: This project would include not one, but two cabins located in the Granite Creek Campground on Turnagain Pass and would be fully accessible, with multiple recreational opportunities for families nearby.

central stream: This cabin would be located about two miles from the Johnson Pass trailhead, popular with mountain bikers and hikers in the summer and skiers and snowmobilers in the winter. The cabin would be a place to start various backcountry adventures.

Novice: This cabin would be built on the footprint of the Tenderfoot Campground near Cooper Landing and Moose Pass. The fully accessible cabin “would be located to provide privacy from the rest of the campground while allowing easy access to the cabin door,” Forest Service officials said.

Lake Carter: This cabin would be accessible via a 1.5 mile hike on an old jeep trail and could also be accessed in the winter on skis or a snowmobile. Popular for winter motorized recreation and ice fishing, the hut would provide a place to spend the night in “one of the most beautiful alpine meadows” in the region.

rainbow lake: This cabin would be built a third of a mile up an accessible trail, near Cooper Landing, and would be adjacent to Rainbow Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout.

seavey: This cabin, just steps from the Seward Highway, would offer visitors access to a hemlock forest and hiking opportunities, including use as a stopping point on long hikes. It would honor Dan Seavey, who helped start the Iditarod Trail sled dog race.

Blackstone Bay: With the existing Coghill Lake cabin hard to reach, this project proposes to relocate this cabin to Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound, a “stunning destination” with glacier views. The new location for the cabin would be accessible by boat and kayak from Whittier.

Trinity Point: If built, this cabin would be located on a beach just outside of Whittier and accessible by boat from town. Once Shotgun Cove Road is completed, it will also be accessible by road.

Portage Pass: This cabin would be built over Portage Lake between Whittier and Portage, giving visitors a view of the Portage Glacier and would be built to be accessible to a wide range of abilities.

Freestone: This ultra-accessible cabin would be located near the Begich Visitor Center, Boggs near Portage Lake, on the shore of one of the Freestone Ponds, but would still be in a private location and separate from other nearby facilities.

Many more are offered closer to Cordova and throughout the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.