Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest

A collage of forest-related images

The USDA Forest Service is currently revising the 2002 Chugach National Forest Land Management Plan following the requirements of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

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FOREST PLAN REVISION UPDATE

Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement now available

The Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Chugach National Forest are available for review and comment. The DEIS analyzes the potential effects of four alternatives. You may download the documents and accompanying maps from this webpage. A limited number of printed copies and CDs are available at the Supervisor’s Office of the Chugach National Forest in Anchorage and at the Cordova, Glacier, and Seward Ranger District Offices.

We Invite You to Participate

This is an important milestone in the process of revising our forest management direction. We have incorporated input we heard from you from 10 community open houses, 27 public meetings and workshops, and targeted outreach efforts to federally recognized Alaska Native Tribes and Corporations, the State of Alaska, and federal agencies, groups, and individuals.

We value your engagement and seek your participation in a number of ways. You can view and download the draft documents found on this page, and view more detailed maps on our interactive map page (see below). You can comment on these documents, and attend one of the nine public meetings.  

Public Meetings

During the comment period, the following public Open Houses are offered to allow the public an opportunity to engage with the Forest Supervisor and Forest Service staff in an open house setting.  Each Open House begins at 5:30 and ends at 7 p.m. An introductory PowerPoint presentation will start the evening off, followed by informal conversations with staff. Join us at this Open House for an opportunity to learn more about the Draft Land Management Plan and the draft environmental impact statement.

Public Open Houses Scheduled

September 12 ...................................Hope – Hope Social Hall

September 13 ...............Moose Pass – USFS Kenai Lake Work Center

September 18 ..........................Soldotna – Soldotna Regional Sports Center

September 19 ..... Cooper Landing – Cooper Landing Community Hall

September 20 ............... Seward – Seward Community Library

September 24 ........... Girdwood – USFS Glacier Ranger District Office

September 27 ..............................................Cordova – Cordova Center

October 9.................................. Anchorage – USFS Supervisor’s Office

October 11........................................Valdez – PWS Community College

Public Open House Flyer

Commenting on the Draft Documents

A 90 day comment period for the DEIS begins August 4, 2018 to November 1, 2018. During the comment period, comments may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  1. Electronically at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/chugach/plancomments
  2. FAX to (907) 743-9476
  3. In writing at any public meeting hosted during the 90-day comment period
  4. Send or deliver written comments to:

Chugach National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office
Attn: Draft Land Management Plan
161 East 1st Street, Door 8,
Anchorage, AK  99501

Please be as specific as possible in your comments, identifying locations and activities of specific interest or concern to you.  

Comments received regarding this Draft Land Management Plan, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Submitting comments will automatically add you to our email list.

To view comments in the reading room click here.

Administrative Review (Objection Process)

Public comments will be incorporated into a final EIS (FEIS) and Land Management Plan to be published in 2019.  Publication of the FEIS will begin a 60-day objection period.  Alaska Native Tribes and Corporations who engaged in formal consultation during the planning process, and individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to the plan or plan revision during this 90-day comment period or during previous opportunities to comment (spring 2015 assessment comment period; winter 2015-16 Proposed Revised Plan scoping comment period) may file an objection.  If there are no objections, or after the time allowed for resolution of objections, the Forest Supervisor will sign and publish a Final Record of Decision and the Land Management Plan will be in effect 30 days later.

Interactive Story Maps

a map representing all the maps in the planIn addition to the downloadable maps on this page, you can also view interactive story maps which allow you to easily compare the alternatives and zoom in on a given area of interest.

Reader Information

Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron’s letter and the Reader’s Guide include additional information about the Land Management Plan revision process and information that will help you navigate through the draft documents.

Draft Land Management Plan (Forest Plan)

Draft Land Management Plan Maps

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

The DEIS analyzes four alternatives including alternative A as the no action alternative.

Chugach Land Management Plan DEIS Maps

Previously Released Planning Documents

2015 PROPOSED PLAN SCOPING PERIOD

A summary of what we heard is located in the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan Scoping Report.

2015 Proposed Forest Plan Documents

2015 Proposed Forest Plan Maps

Documents That Support Revision of the 2015 Proposed Forest Plan

The Following Documents Are Related to the Forest Plan Revision Process

2014 ASSESSMENT REPORT (COMPLETED DURING PHASE 1 OF THE FOREST PLAN PROCESS)

2014 Assessment Maps

 



Key Contacts

Lead Land Management Planner

Denise Downie
907-743-9426
530-543-2683
dedownie@fs.fed.us

Natural Resource Specialist

David Fitz-Enz
907-743-9595
dfitzenz@fs.fed.us