Closures, Arctic tern nesting areas at Mendenhall Glacier

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska – In preparation for the arrival of the Arctic terns, the Forest Service will be closing the areas in front of Photo Point and along Nugget Falls trail for the summer season starting Friday April 19, 2019.

Please refrain from entering the closure. Human intrusion can have deleterious effects on colony productivity.

Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open 6 a.m. to midnight, year-round.

For more information, call 907-789-0097. Follow Mendenhall Glacier activities on the web page at and Facebook at MendenhallGlacierVC.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.


The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System. The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.