Prince William Sound (PWS) Framework

The Prince William Sound (PWS) Framework is the Chugach National Forest’s (CNF) comprehensive effort to evaluate recreation in Prince William Sound.

In the twenty years since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS), Prince William Sound has experienced numerous changes. The spill itself impacted and disrupted resources and human services in the Sound, but over the past decade the Sound has experienced increased human use activity, as well. With the opening of the Whittier Tunnel and the introduction of high speed ferry service, access to the Sound by independent and commercial users has increased. There is growing concern that increased competition and rapid growth in users may be threatening resources and services – particularly those injured and still “recovering” from EVOS.  See the EVOS Trustees website for more information on the oil spill recovery effort.

Phase I

Phase II

Sensitive Areas (Biological/Cultural)

Recreation User Experience and Distribution

Human Use Hotspots Analysis and GeoDatabase

Household Harvest Analysis

Project Leaders

Paul Clark
Forest Recreation Planner
Chugach National Forest

Mary Rasmussen
Forest Planner
Chugach National Forest
3301 C Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK. 99503