Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA) FAQs

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Is the POW LLA a timber project?

No. There are also a host of actions within the Record of Decision spanning many programs and stakeholder interests. These include timber offered to support the resilience and economies of local communities, but also include: up to 200 miles of instream restoration, up to three recreation cabins, 12 new 3-sided shelters, 4,500 acres per year of pre-commercial and wildlife thinning treatments, and trail construction and maintenance.

How will the Roadless Rule process affect the POW LLA?

The Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis was conducted and remains in line with the 2001 Roadless Rule. Any changes to the Roadless Rule would necessitate a review of the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis by the responsible official and a change analysis to be presented to the public. If the changes are extensive enough, a supplemental draft environmental impact statement would need to be drafted and a new public involvement process started.

Why is there old-growth timber harvest in this when your Forest Plan says you're transitioning to young-growth timber harvest?

The old growth volumes suggested by the Prince of Wales Landscape Assessment Team and accepted within the Record of Decision fall within the terms of the Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment, providing the bridge timber required for the transition to increased young-growth harvest on the forest.

Why is there not more information on specific project sales?

The NEPA approach used in this project, which is sometimes referred to as the toolbox approach, means that while the range of treatments or activities authorized are in the environmental impact statement (EIS), the specific locations and methods will be determined during implementation based on defined conditions in the Final Decision and on activity cards. Managers will use the activity cards to develop a suite of possible activities to be implemented. With this approach, treatments and activities can vary in magnitude and intensity to respond to resource conditions, allowing managers to select the most effective options for moving towards desired conditions.

Using the NEPA "toolbox" approach, how will the Forest Service ensure projects from the POW LLA remain in alignment with stakeholder intent?

The Forest Service will hold implementation workshops regularly over the span of the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis to accept comments on proposed activities. These workshops will help form and alter the specifics of each project. The first implementation workshop was held on April 6, 2019.