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By Dan Rudy 

Students learn about Stikine on annual river trip


Dan Rudy / Petersburg Pilot

Fourth graders with Evergreen Elementary School work together to pull a seine net in the Stikine River during their annual field trip upriver. Brennan Eagle operates the skiff and gives instruction.

WRANGELL - Four dozen elementary school students from the Wrangell and Petersburg areas partook in a field day, heading upriver for the 19th annual Stikine River field trip on May 3.

Encompassing almost 700 square miles, since 1980 the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area has been managed by the United States Forest Service. Originating 335 miles away in Canada's British Columbia province, the winding river is a major contributor of wild salmon and home to many migratory bird species. For many in the Petersburg and Wrangell communities, it is a source of sustenance, recreation and economic activ...

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