Forest Service presents revised Mendenhall expansion plans

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The U.S. Forest Service announced it will hold a March 15 open house as it seeks public comment on a proposed expansion of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The Forest Service hasn’t settled on a final plan yet, but the expansion would bring significant changes to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. In addition to changes to the main visitor center complex, additional buildings are being proposed on the lakefront and out near the glacier itself.

The expansion is being proposed as the Forest Service looks to better accommodate the increasing number of tourists arriving each year. According to the Forest Service, cruise ship passengers make up 80% of the

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