State approves $3.5M deal for Gravina Island access project

    The 8.5-mile path will connect the Lewis Reef area to Vallenar Bay and establish access to Gravina Island.

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Officials are moving forward with a road project that will increase access to hundreds of acres of forest land in southeastern Alaska and could help facilitate a proposed timber sale.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reports the state's Division of Forestry announced Monday it awarded a $3.5 million contract for construction of the forest road. The 8.5-mile path will connect the Lewis Reef area to an existing logging road on Vallenar Bay and establish access to state land on Gravina Island.

    According to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the project will provide the public with recreational and other uses for 2,500 acres of forest land, while protecting wildlife habitat.

    The road could also help with plans for a proposed timber sale approved by DNR Commissioner Mark Myers on Gravina Island.

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