The legislature passed House Bill 276 today amending the boundaries of Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historical Park in Sitka. This is a housekeeping bill that helps finalize a longstanding community priority.
In the run-up to World War II, the army built several fortifications encircling Sitka Sound. The construction connected several small islands near the Navy Sea Plane Base, and included a causeway ending at Fort Rousseau on Makhnati Island. The park was established in 2007 to preserve the remaining ruins, and make the area more accessible for recreation and visitors. This bill adjusts the park’s boundary with Sitka’s airport to comply with FAA safety regulations.
I’ve strongly supported creating the park to preserve a chapter of Sitka’s history, and was pleased the legislature passed this bill to help complete the park’s establishment.