The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources and Alaska Fish and Game are on a witch hunt to destroy remote (survival type) cabins. Some of these cabins have been known for actually saving the lives of those who have become stranded, lost or weathered in while out enjoying the great outdoors. Actual documentation has been left behind by parties who were fortunate enough to have found shelter; had they not, their stories could've had a grave ending. Do these departments wish such things?
Certain groups have been working diligently with these departments to try and keep these important structures in place. Many of these structures have been in place for decades, and over the course of the years, passers-by have always lent their hand in making sure that emergency provisions are available. The departments claim that there are no programs, funding, etc for keeping these structures in place. My question is, why should there be?? Fellow outdoor enthusiasts have done a fine job handling this for years, at their own cost and labor efforts.
I've been caught in white-out conditions while snowmachining in the mountains, and nearly needed to make use of one of these cabins. I HAVE had to make use of one during the big flood in 2006. The cabin we found was as primitive as it could get, missing half the floor.....but it had a wood stove, and we were able to make a fire to dry our clothing and warm ourselves while we waited out part of the storm. I am extremely grateful for that gift that day; in my opinion, the benefits of these structures remaining in place far outweigh the State's reasoning for removal.