Montana Creek Wetlands

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JUNEAU  |  127.77 ACRES  |  CONSERVED IN 2014

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust purchased the Montana Creek Wetlands property from Juneau Youth Services in 2014, and now holds the fee-simple title. Up until that point, Juneau Youth Services used the land for their outdoor education programs and garden. Historically, the land has also been used for berry picking, scientific research, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, fishing, plant harvest, educational trips, and hiking.

Conservation Values

  • Protects high value pristine palustrine wetlands
  • Wildlife habitat corridor
  • Bird nesting and migratory bird habitat
  • Flood protection
  • Rare open space the property provides in the Mendenhall Valley

Ecological Value & Public Benefit

  • High proportion of perennial wetlands providing flood storage
  • Interspersion of wetland channels through wetlands
  • Utilization by juvenile salmon and resident fish
  • Provides bear and deer movement corridor
  • Provides opportunity for contiguous stream corridor integrity

Because of the potential damage to vegetation and disturbance to wildlife, camping and campfires are prohibited unless located in the pre-existing camp area and with the permission of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust. Also, mountain biking and off-road motorized vehicles are prohibited.