Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

Prince of Wales sub alpine with ferns and trees


The purpose of the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA) is to improve forest ecosystem health on Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts, help support community resilience, and to use an integrated approach in meeting multiple resource objectives in order to provide economic development. The proposed action will be developed through extensive public involvement to meet the purpose and needs for the project, with activities occuring over the course of 10 to 15 years. Input from the tribes and the public will help determine the location and types of activities, and how extensively they will occur across the landscape.

The area for the POW LLA Project encompasses all of Prince of Wales Island as well as surrounding islands that make up the two ranger districts. Public involvement for this project inclues: public meetings in various communities, subsistence hearings, information posted in community areas, entries in local publications like the Island Post, and contributions from the Prince of Wales Landscape Assessment Team.* This website will be the central source of information for all interested individuals and groups, and to keep the public up-to-date on the Forest Service’s planning progress. *a collaborative group independently formed to provide widely based proposals to be considered by the U.S. Forest Service in the POW LLA Project development and analysis process. 

The Tongass National Forest has transitioned to an electronic mailing system for all projects and planning efforts, including the POW LLA Project. We will communicate project updates and announcements through this system and invite you to sign up by clicking here and submitting your email address. You may select other Tongass Projects that interest you as well by managing your subscriber preferences after you sign up.

If you would like to comment electronically on the POW LLA Project during specified public comment periods you may do so here. Please note, when a comment period is not open, the ability to submit electronic comments online will not be enabled, and contact information for the project leader will be displayed at that link. We welcome your input at any time, and look forward to continuing to work with you on implementing a successful landscape-level project.

For FAQs and answers, please see our Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA) FAQs page

For more information, contact Project Leader Delilah Brigham at 907-828-3232 or email delilah.brigham@usda.gov

Implementation

The Implementation Plan (Final Record of Decision (ROD) Appendix 2) documents the process for implementation of the activities authorized by the Final ROD. This is meant to be a ‘living’ document and may need to be adjusted, as noted in the appendix, as we learn more through the implementation of each activity. Public participation and collaboration that occurred during the planning process was truly appreciated and continuation of this process was incorporated into the Implementation Plan (see steps 1, 4, 5, and 9 in Appendix 2 below). We are inviting the public to continue to be involved in this project.

Out-year Plan, November 2019

We are once again asking for the public’s input on a wide array of proposed activities included in the latest Out-year Plan for the project. The Out-year Plan is a living document that allows the public to track activities through the implementation process. The Forest is specifically looking for comments on activity design components, locations, methods, mitigation measures, and integration opportunities for items listed as “draft” in the Out-year Plan. The month long comment period begins November 20, 2019 and concludes December 20, 2019. See the “Out-year Plan News Release” below for more information on the Out-year Plan comment period. All materials used during the Public Workshop is available below.

Vegetation Management Activities

Commercial Timber Harvest

Watershed Management Activities

Invasive Plant Treatments

Stream Restoration

Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP)

Sustainable Recreation Management

Basic Maintenance

Cabins/Shelters/Trails

Public Workshop, November 2019

The Forest Service will hold the second public workshop on November 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prince of Wales Vocational and Technical Education Center, 6565 Boundary Road, in Klawock, Alaska.

The public (collaborators, partners, tribes, Native corporations, and other interested stakeholders) is invited to attend this fall workshop to be able to present activities that they would like to be implemented and review activities presented by the Forest Service. The public will help to determine locations, activity design components, methods, mitigation measures, prioritization of activities, and integration opportunities for activities presented. If a member of the public is not able to attend, they may submit their activity proposals to the Forest Service to be presented at the workshop.

All activities presented and the suggested modifications will be placed on the Project Out-year plan as “draft”. The Project Out-year Plan will be made available to the public to give everyone an opportunity to help determine locations, activity design components, methods, mitigation measures, prioritization of activities, and integration opportunities for activities as presented and any suggested modifications from the workshop. All documentation used during the public workshop will be made available with the Project Out-year Plan for review.

September 2019, Updated Proposed Activities 

Field surveys and design refinement have been incorporated into the following activities:

July 2019, Updated Proposed Activities

Comments were considered from the Public Workshop and the Out-year plan comment period. Proposed activities that were updated to incorporate changes requested by commenters and from on-going field surveys are below:

Out-year Plan, April 2019

We are asking for the public’s input on a wide array of proposed activities included in the Out-year Plan for the project. The Out-year Plan is a living document that allows the public to track activities through the implementation process. The Forest is specifically looking for comments on activity design components, locations, methods, mitigation measures, and integration opportunities for items listed as “draft” in the Out-year Plan. The month long comment period begins Aprils 13, 2019 and concludes May 13, 2019. See the “Dear Planning and Implementation Participant Letter” below for more information on the Out-year Plan comment period. All materials used during the Public Workshop is available below.

Vegetation Management Activities

Commercial Timber Harvest
Precommercial Thinning

Watershed Management Activities

Invasive Plant Treatments
Stream Restoration
Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP)

Sustainable Recreation Management

Basic Maintenance
Cabins/Shelters/Trails

Public Workshop, April 2019

The Forest Service will hold the first public workshop on April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prince of Wales Vocational and Technical Education Center, 6565 Boundary Road, in Klawock, Alaska.

The public (collaborators, partners, tribes, Native corporations, and other interested stakeholders) is invited to attend this spring workshop to be able to present activities that they would like to be implemented and review activities presented by the Forest Service.  The public will help to determine locations, activity design components, methods, mitigation measures, prioritization of activities, and integration opportunities for activities presented. If a member of the public is not able to attend, they may submit their activity proposals to the Forest Service to be presented at the workshop.

All activities presented and the suggested modifications will be placed on the Project Out-year plan as “draft”. The Project Out-year Plan will be made available to the public to give everyone an opportunity to help determine locations, activity design components, methods, mitigation measures, prioritization of activities, and integration opportunities for activities as presented and any suggested modifications from the workshop. All documentation used during the public workshop will be made available with the Project Out-year Plan for review.

Final Record of Decision, March 2019

The Responsible Official signed the Final Record of Decision (ROD) on March 16, 2019 during a signing ceremony at the Craig Tribal Association Building in Craig, Alaska. We were joined by residents of various communities and members of the local Prince of Wales Landscape Assessment Team collaborative group. The Forest Service truly appreciates the continued public participation in this project.

Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process, January 2019

The draft record of decision for this project is subject to the project-level pre-decisional administrative review process pursuant to Title 36 CFR Part 218, subparts A and B. 

Resolution of Objections

The Reviewing Officer and the Responsible Official held a formal objection resolution meeting on February 20, 2019 at Klawock, Alaska. Thirteen of the fifteen objectors attended the resolution meeting. On March 1, 2019, the Reviewing Officer issued written responses to the objectors detailing how the points raised in these objections have been addressed, which also included specific instructions to the Responsible Official, pursuant to 36 CFR 218.11(b).

Response Letters for those Objectors that Attended the Resolution Meeting

Response Letters for those Objectors that Did Not Attend the Resolution Meeting

Individuals or organizations who submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunities for public comment in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5(a) had the opportunity to file an objection to the draft decision during the 45-day objection period. The objection period closed on December 31, 2018. Fifteen objections were received from individuals or organizations who had standing to object.

Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision, October 2018

The Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis (POW LLA) Project was published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 2, 2018. On Friday, November 16, 2018, a legal notice was published in the Ketchikan Daily News, which restarted the 45-day Objection period, since the original one had an incomplete objection submission email address. For more information on submitting objections during the 45-day Objection Period, please see the Legal Notice or Dear Participant Letter documents linked below.

Final EIS

Draft ROD

In addition, the following seven maps were created to display where certain proposals are located and where particular management opportunities exist for the Selected Alternative described in the Draft ROD.

Maps

Draft Environmental Impact Statement, April 2018

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis (POW LLA) Project is being made available for public review on April 27, 2018. An official, 45-day public comment period will begin for the project upon publication of the Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register. It is expected that it will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 4, 2018. The Forest Service incorporated public input into the design of the proposed action and alternatives evaluated in the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS includes 3 appendices that provides additional information on the project and activity implementation: 1) Appendix A – Activity Cards; 2) Appendix B – Implementation Plan; and 3) Appendix C – Present and Reasonably Foreseeable Future Actions Table. For more information on submitting comments during the 45-day comment period, which is anticipated to begin on May 4, 2018, please see the Cover Letter or use the link above in the project description on this page for commenting electronically.

In addition, the following six maps were created to display where certain proposals are located and where particular management opportunities exist.

Maps

The Forest Service appreciates your review of the Draft EIS and looks forward to your input during the 45 day public comment period.

Subsistence Hearings: During the 45-day public comment period, the Forest Service will hold subsistence hearings in three communities across Prince of Wales Island to provide an opportunity for members of the public to share how the proposed action or any of the alternatives may potentially affect users of subsistence resources within the POW LLA Project area. The dates and locations of the subsistence hearings are as follows:

  • Whale Pass, AK - May 29, 2018; 4:30 p.m., Whale Pass Library
  • Klawock, AK - May 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Klawock VocTec Center
  • Hydaburg, AK - May 31, 2018; 5:00 p.m., City of Hydaburg Conference Center

Public Comment Period, December 2017

An official, 14-day public comment period begins for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis (POW LLA) Project with publication of a legal notice notifying the public of the availability of Draft Issue Statements and Alternatives in the Ketchikan Daily News on December 5, 2017. The Forest Service has incorporated public input into the design of the POW LLA Project proposal, received comments on the proposed action to help identify issues and support the development of alternatives, and is now seeking public input on the Draft Issue Statements and Alternatives, Appendix A, and Appendix B that were developed for the project. For more information on submitting comments, please see the Legal Notice or use the link above in the project description on this page for commenting electronically.

In addition, the following six maps were created to display where certain proposals are located and where particular management opportunities exist. Please note that the information in these maps has been updated since the ones provided during the last scoping period.

Your input during this public comment period, along with all previously submitted comments, will help the Forest Service refine the range of alternatives to be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement.

Scoping Period, July 2017

A second scoping period is open for public comment for 30 days following publication of the Corrected Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register, from July 6 to August 7, 2017. For more information on submitting comments, please see the Scoping Letter that was sent to interested individuals, or use the link above in the project description on this page for commenting electronically. The Forest Service has developed Draft Activity Cards to describe all activities potentially considered within the project area that could be part of the Proposed Action or other action alternatives. Information presented about each activity includes what it usually accomplishes, how it is typically implemented, what constraints and resource-specific guidelines apply, and when it would be implemented. Additionally, the following four maps were created to display where certain proposals are located and where particular management opportunities exist.

We hope you will find the activity cards and maps useful in conjunction with the purpose and need, Proposed Action, and potential alternatives described in the Corrected Notice of Intent to provide us with well-informed comments. Your comments during this scoping period, along with all previously submitted comments, will help the Forest Service develop a range of alternatives to be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement.          

Proposal Development

The Forest Service has worked to develop a Proposed Action and other potential alternatives that would meet the Purpose and Need for the Project. Comments submitted during the scoping period were evaluated for: 1) potential issues that could be tracked throughout the analysis, 2) suggestions that could become part of an alternative(s) for the project, and 3) what resources and values are important to our communities and residents. The POW LLA Side Boards document shares some of the planning constraints the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) must stay within while developing proposals and projects. The IDT used the electronic Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA) where all scoping comments were submitted or uploaded, to respond to each letter. The Scoping Response to Comments document is a report generated by CARA that displays each point brought up by commenters, listed by author with responses by the IDT.

The Prince of Wales Landscape Assessment Team (POW LAT) formed in May of 2016 and, after a year of deliberations, came to a final, independent recommendation and list of proposed projects for the Forest Service to consider for the POW LLA Project. POW LAT submitted a Final Package in June of 2017 to Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart. POW LAT’s recommendations along with all previously submitted public comments were used to further develop a Proposed Action and the components of other potential action alternatives for the Project.

Note

Although we have tried to make all the pdf's 508 Compliant we realize they may not be 100%. Please contact Delilah Brigham at 907-828-3232 or email delilah.brigham@usda.gov if you need further assistance.

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