Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Facility Improvements

The Forest Services proposes to update infrastructure and create recreation opportunities at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area that can accommodate projected future visitor use while protecting the unique characteristics and outstanding beauty of the area. The project is needed to continue to provide quality opportunities for all visitors to enjoy the Recreation Area, to provide new recreation and interpretation experiences that emphasize the areas outstanding scenery and wildlife resources even as the glacier recedes out of view of the existing Visitor Center, to meet the demand of the visitor industry and support the economy of Southeast Alaska, and to protect the area from environmental impacts associated with increased visitation. The Forest Service released a draft environmental impact statement in March 2022 and received about 400 public comments. In response, a supplemental draft environmental impact statement has been prepared that analyzes three additional action alternatives, with a focus on alternative siting for the proposed Welcome Center and parking areas. It is available for review and public comment from January 6, 2023 until February 21, 2023. There will be an open house at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on January 24, 2023 from 4:00 until 7:30 pm. There will be a webinar on January 26, 2023 at 5:30 pm. Login information is available below under Supplemental Draft EIS and Notices and Announcements. Printed copies of the EIS are available for on-site use at the Juneau libraries and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Location Summary

Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area is located 12 miles from downtown Juneau, in Mendenhall Valley.

District: Juneau Ranger District

Project Documents

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