FV Kathy Joanne, Chugach Bay

The fishing vessel Kathy Joanne lost power, broached in heavy seas, and was blown ashore at Badger Point in Chugach Bay, Alaska on January 15, 1983. Badger Point is named after Badger Hill, a mountain in the coastal rainforest on the outer Kenai Peninsula between Chugach Bay and Windy Bay, about 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Seldovia.

The North Pacific coastal rainforests occupy a narrow band along the Gulf of Alaska coast from British Columbia to Kodiak, including the outer Kenai Peninsula. This ecoregion contains more than one-fourth of the world's coastal temperate rainforest and is one of the largest and most pristine temperate rainforest and shoreline ecosystems in the world. The predominant forest type in the region is coastal Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and hemlock (Tsuga spp.).

This area was the location of an intensive logging operation in the 1960’s to early 1970’s. The Seldovia Native Association contracted with South-Central Timber Development to log the coastal forests from Jakolof Bay, Rocky Bay, Windy Bay, and Chugach Bay. South-Central Timber also built a road that connects Seldovia to Jakolof Bay, with an extension to the Gulf of Alaska which is no longer maintained. Read more here and here. Download the latest version of the CoastView app and explore more of Chugach Bay here: