Forest Service, Ketchikan Indian Community to cooperate on South Revilla Project

The Tongass National Forest and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 18, 2019, establishing the tribal organization as a cooperative agency for the South Revilla Integrated Resource Project Environmental Impact Statement. 

“Ketchikan Indian Community appreciates the commitment from the Tongass National Forest to work with our tribes,” said Norman Skan, President of KIC. “This government to government relationship strengthens our resolve to do what is right for the forest. We could not ask for a better partner in this endeavor.”

As a cooperating agency, KIC will provide their specialized knowledge and expertise on land management, subsistence, traditional ecological knowledge, and natural resources toward the development of the Environmental Impact Statement.

“This MOU means we can continue to build on our relationship of trust and cooperation, by sharing skills and resources to help shape the environmental analysis,” said M. Earl Stewart, Tongass National Forest Supervisor. “By working together, we can recognize common goals and achieve a balanced approach to multiple-use management across these public lands.”

The project is designed to improve forest health, restore fish and wildlife habitat, enhance recreation, provide timber, and increase economic development in the city of Ketchikan over a period of 15 years.

Susan Howle Norman Skan and Earl Stewart

Susan Howle, Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger, Norman Skan, President of KIC, 
Earl Stewart, Tongass National Forest Supervisor

*Photo by Jon Hyde, USDA Forest Service