For the second year running a group from the Sierra Club has come up to Alaska to help with Caines Head maintenance activities. The service trip had 9 folks from all over the lower 48,from California to Connecticut and points in between. With 9 extra hands assisting Park Specialist Tom Kain we were able to make substantial progress on the Derby Cove, Porcupine and Spruce cabins. Activities included sanding, staining, sealing, painting and trail maintenance. “The work was hard, but we didn’t mind, it was wonderful to work in such a beautiful setting. ” said Liz Matchett, an educator from Redwood City CA. This was the first time in Alaska for most of the group and I think we made some converts. “I am certainly coming back to Alaska. I would love to come back to Seward and Resurrection Bay and see more ” said Michelle Swenson a 911 dispatcher from Minneapolis. This year the trip coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. “Although the trip didn’t involve activities in designated wilderness areas, it was great to bring people up to the state with the largest amount of wilderness ” said Rebecca Dameron, the trip leader from Bent Mountain in Virginia. “We have to continue to work to in places like Caines Head to balance economic activity with recreational activities”.
We hope to be back with a new crew next year!
If you get a chance, come over this summer and see our work.