Big Thorne Project Final 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.
On September 30, 2013, the Regional Forester issued an appeal decision directing the Forest Supervisor to prepare a draft Supplemental Information Report (SIR) that responds to certain identified issues related to a review of new information submitted by Dr. David Person during the appeal process. The decision also directed that the draft SIR be provided to appellants and appropriate State and Federal agencies for review and comment. The comment period closed on June 23, 2014. The Forest Service received several substantive comments, in addition to over 170,000 form letters, some modified, and over 11,000 comments with an organization email. The Forest Supervisor considered all of the comments on the draft SIR and the Interagency Wolf Task Force Report regarding the Statement of Dr. David Person. The Forest Supervisor has now issued the Final SIR, which appears below along with its original appendices and updates.
The substantive comments, with exhibits, received by Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:59 pm, are posted below:
For further information contact: Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton, Thorne Bay District Ranger, Tongass National Forest, 907-828-3210