The FEIS describes and analyzes four alternatives, including a no action alternative. Under the no action alternative, there would be no transmission line or associated facilities constructed. The proposed action alternatives range from 51.9 miles to 60.3 miles in total length, with 82 percent to 88 percent of their total length located on NFS lands. The proposed transmission line would be built to transmit power at either 69- or 138-kilovolts and would consist of single wood pole structures with horizontal post insulators. Average span lengths between pole structures would be 350 to 400 feet, with an average above-ground height of 55 feet.
This draft ROD documents the Forest Supervisor's intention to select Alternative 2, and the facts considered in reaching his decision. This decision would authorize the project applicant to construct an electric transmission line between Petersburg on Mitkof Island and the city of Kake on Kupreanof Island. The transmission line would be approximately 60 miles long and follow existing roads for 34 miles. Access for construction along the remaining sections of the route would be via shovel trails supported by temporary matting panels.