Thanks for helping to protect the wilderness

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008

The U.S. Forest Service wishes to thank several tourism vessel operators and cruise lines for their support of Wilderness Best Management Practices for the Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness near Juneau.

Similar to the Juneau Tourism Best Management Practices, this new program seeks to balance the needs of tourism operators and their clients with the sensitive habitat and finite Wilderness experience of Tracy and Endicott Arms. While in this area, vessel operators have agreed to preserve quiet by limiting public address announcements, maintain clean air by minimizing visible stack emissions, protect wildlife by not altering the natural behavior of marine mammals, bears and birds, and they have agreed to help preserve solitude by limiting their operations in specific ways. Eighteen companies have now agreed to help protect wilderness.

A hearty thank you goes out to Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines, Royal Caribbean International, The Boat Co., Lindblad Expeditions, Majestic America Line, Cruise West, American Safari Cruises, Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruises, Spirit Walker Expeditions, Above and Beyond Alaska, Discover Journeys, All Aboard Yacht Charters, Dolphin charters, Northwest Navigation, Alaska on the Homeshore, Pacific Catalyst II, and Alaska Yacht Charters. For more information about this program, contact the Forest Service at 789-6224, or ask your ship captain about how he or she is protecting the wilderness.

Pete Griffin

Juneau District Ranger

Juneau



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