A clan house restoration project is also getting close to completion along with the construction of a new carving shed, projects that are fostering “a real cultural reawakening,” said Tis Peterman, project development director for the Wrangell Cooperative Association, a federally recognized tribe.
As the economy has recovered the tone of public discourse in Wrangell has also improved, according to several Wrangell residents. People from diverse backgrounds are more inclined to work cooperatively.
“Wrangell has an exciting alignment of people working together to try to do some new and innovation things for the local economy. It’s not everyday that you get environmental organizers working side by side with Forest Service officials, forest products people and tourism business owners to make economic change happen,” said Karen Hardigg, who serves as a liaison between the Forest Service and conservation groups.
Read an article about what’s happening in Wrangell in the December 2012 issue of Alaska Business Monthly here.