Seen Around Town: Fish wheel project

07/29/2011
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Tracy Smith, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge general manager, along with Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the lodge's maintenance team in front of the new sign and fish wheel.
Tracy Smith, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge general manager, along with Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the lodge

Last month, members of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge celebrated the completion of a fish wheel and diagram sign at the Wrangell St. Elias National Park’s Visitor Center. The two-year project was a collaboration between Princess and Ahtna Incorporated, an Alaska Native Corporation located in the area.

Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge's maintenance team work on digging a hole for the new sign in front of the fish wheel.
Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

Copper River Princess staff donated the diagram and worked on research and development of it with Ahtna. The diagram describes how fish wheels are used as part of the subsistence lifestyle practiced in Alaska.