Big Thorne Project Draft Supplemental Information Report (SIR)

The Big Thorne Project (located on Prince of Wales Island) was initiated in 2010 with online publication in the Schedule of Proposed Actions.  A Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register in February 2011, and scoping information was sent to more than 400 individuals, organizations, Tribes, and agencies. The Draft EIS was distributed in October 2012 for a 45-day public review.  The ROD was signed on June 28, 2013 and distributed with the Final EIS.  Seven appeals were filed under 36 CFR 215.  After review of the appeals and the project record, the Regional Forester affirmed the Forest Supervisor’s decision with direction to prepare a draft SIR that responds to six specific items related to the “Statement of David K. Person, Regarding the Big Thorne Project, Prince of Wales Island.”  An Interagency Wolf Task Force was assembled to review the Person Statement in order to determine if the information in the Statement constituted significant new information.

The substantive comments, with exhibits, that the Forest Service received by Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:59 pm, are posted below.  In addition, over 170,000 form letters, some modified, were received.

Comments on Big Thorne DSIR: The comment period for the Big Thorne SIR closed at 11:59pm June 23, 2014

For further information contact:  Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton, Thorne Bay District Ranger, Tongass National Forest, 907-828-3210