Welcome To The 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment

The Tongass National Forest will be amending the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) over the next two years, with an estimated final decision in August, 2016.  Check here frequently for updates on the amendment process.

The decision to amend the plan was informed both by the five-year review process, which included extensive public involvement, and a memorandum by the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack directing the Tongass to transition to a young growth based timber program in the next 10-15 years.  The full text of the Memorandum 1044-009 “Addressing Sustainable Forestry in Southeast Alaska” can be found here

In addition to amending the forest plan, the Tongass has established the Tongass Advisory Committee through the Federal Advisory Committee Act to inform the agency’s transition to young growth management.  The committee consists of 15 members representing a diverse and balanced range of perspectives and expertise. The committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture, through the Chief of the Forest Service, by providing advice and recommendations for developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy on the Tongass National Forest.  Recommendations and advice may inform modification of the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan.

Through both the plan amendment process and the Tongass Advisory Committee, the Tongass National Forest and Alaska Region are interested in creating a robust, collaborative and public forum for innovative and creative solutions to managing the forest’s unique resources for present and future generations.  Your participation in this process will be critical to helping the Forest Service steward the exceptional public lands in Southeast Alaska.