BETHEL, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska tribe on Nelson Island has received more than $10 million in federal funds to construct trails.
KYUK-AM reported Tuesday that the Toksook Bay Tribe will build trails that run to the community of Nightmute, and along the coast to the fishing grounds at Umkumiut – an important subsistence location. The 21 miles (34 kilometers) of synthetic geo-cell mats laid across the tundra will replace the current trails carved by four-wheelers and snowmobiles.
The mats will stabilize the trails while providing temporary, local jobs.
The trails will also connect residents of Nightmute to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s subregional clinic in Toksook Bay.
The funding comes from a $500 million grant program to improve transportation projects throughout the country.
Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org
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