Forest Plan Five-Year Review Project

Tongass National Forest Ariel PhotoThe Tongass National Forest is looking for feedback on its main guiding document, the 2008 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)on the heels of the plan’s five year anniversary.

The Tongass National Forest provides a broad range of benefits society receives from the Forest, from recreation opportunities to salmon to wood products. In order to ensure that today’s activities on the forest do not impact these benefits over the long run, managers follow the guidance of the Forest Plan, most recently approved in 2008. Now, the Forest is looking for feedback from the public on whether the plan is working as promised, or whether some changes are needed.

In addition to looking for stakeholder and general public comments, the Tongass will lead a review of the Forest Plan’s “conservation strategy,” the system of old growth reserves and management standards that protects fish and wildlife across the forest. The review will also include a 5-year monitoring and evaluation report and an information needs assessment.

The public comment period is open between January and June 30, 2013. The Tongass will solicit comments through public and stakeholders meetings, government-to-government consultation with Southeast Alaska tribes, and written comments.To learn more about  the five-year review process please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and LUD map with Roadless overlay.

Review Process

Steps during  the review include:

  • January  - June 30, 2013 – Public comment period open.
  • February - March  2013 – Public meetings to discuss the Forest Plan
  • June 2013 - Comment analysis
  • Early 2014 - Results from stakeholder input and responses from the Forest Supervisor shared with the public

All Public Meetings will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Where When Place
Wrangell Thursday, February 07 Wrangell Borough Council Chambers
Petersburg Monday, February 11 Petersburg Indian Association, Elizabeth Peratrovich Conference Room
Sitka Wednesday, February 13 Harrigan Centennial Hall
Craig Wednesday, February 20 Craig Tribal Association Hall
Ketchikan Thursday, February 21 Ted Ferry Civic Center
Juneau Thursday, February 28 Juneau Arts and Culture Center
Haines Monday, March 25 Haines Borough Library Back Room

 

  • July 2013 – Comment analysis
  • Early 2014/Spring 2014 – Results from stakeholder input and responses from the Forest Supervisor shared with the public.  

Questions?

To discuss the five-year review, contact Sue Jennings at  comments-alaska-tongass@fs.fed.us or (907) 772-5864.

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Comment Form 

Please submit comments on the 5-Year Plan review online using this  comment form. Documents can also be attached to this online form. Comments including questions will not be answered directly, but will be included and considered during review process. Though online submission is preferred, written comments can be sent to:

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
TNF 5-YEAR REVIEW
648 MISSION STREET
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA  99901-6591