The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

USFS building sale in the works

 

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

The sale of Seward Ranger Station of Chugach National Forest is part of plan to realign and enhance the Forest's facilities.

The USDA Forest Service is asking for the public's comments on a plan to sell the Ranger District building and lot in downtown Seward.

Selling the building is part of a plan to realign and enhance Forest Service facilities, Deputy District Ranger Robert Stovall told the LOG this week.

The Seward Ranger District, part of Chugach National Forest, structure is at 334 Fourth between the Peking Restaurant and Seward Firehall. The two-story building has been used by the Forest Service since the mid-1960s.

Currently the office serves as a visitor center providing information about Forest Service cabins, trails and campgrounds. Firewood and Christmas tree cutting permits, and USFS passes are issued from the office, and maps of the Forest are sold. It also houses four people doing administrative tasks.

With the sale of the downtown Seward building, USFS staff will be moved to the Kenai Lake Work Center at Mile 23 Seward Highway.

The plan to consolidate resources and sell excess federal property began in 2005 with the Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act, said Stovall. In 2014 the Service sold two houses it owned in Seward, one on Fourth and another on Fifth.

Also under consideration for sale are 45 acres across the highway from the Kenai Lake Work Center.

Proceeds from the sale of the Seward building and other area properties will be used to enhance the Kenai Lake Work Center.

The property is to be sold using competitive bidding procedures, and terms of the sale will be provided in an invitation for bids.

Information about the sale and comments (written, oral or electronic) can be directed to Robert Stovall, Deputy District Ranger, P.O. Box 390, Seward, AK 99664, 907-743-9474 or rstovall@fs.fed.us. Comments are due Nov. 15.

 

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