The Tongass National Forest announced that it will be amending the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan. A five year review of the current plan found that changes need to be made in order to meet the forest’s goals of transitioning to a predominantly young growth-based timber program in the next 10-15 years. The Tongass has also launched a federal advisory committee (Tongass Advisory Committee) to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the transition to young growth timber, including the forest plan amendment.
The Tongass National Forest issued a decision to allow a limited expansion of Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company’s (GCM) tailings facility in Admiralty Island National Monument (ANM).
Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole selected a modified Alternative D from the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), with those modifications described in the Record of Decision (ROD). The primary modification is not to authorize construction of a second tailings disposal facility in the Fowler Creek watershed as described in Alternatives C and D of the Final EIS.