Draft management plan up for public review in Sitka area

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009

SITKA - The first draft of the Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historical Park (SHP) Management Plan, compiled by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, is now ready for public review.

The draft document is available for download on the project website: http://www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/ftrousseau/ftrousseaump.htm.

Comments on the plan will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2010.

The intent of the Fort Rousseau Causeway SHP Management Plan is to establish planning guidelines and a long-range vision for management of the park and for developing and maintaining the Fort Rousseau Causeway interpretive sites and materials. The plan will present an overview of the area's cultural, historical, natural and recreational qualities, define management goals and objectives, visitor experience goals, interpretive themes, and make recommendations for projects and partnerships.

The Fort Rousseau Causeway, a series of eight interconnected islands located in Sitka, is part of the Sitka Naval Operating Base and U.S. Army Coastal Defenses National Historic Landmark. In addition to National Historic Landmark status, the fort's significance as the headquarters for the harbor defenses of Sitka during World War II also earned it designation as a State Historical Park in April 2008.

The management plan is being funded by grants awarded to Sitka Trail Works Inc.

For more information or to comment, contact Kathlene Rowell at 269-8742 or by e-mail at kathlene.rowell@alaska.gov.

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