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, which is required to gain standing to object to the project later in the NEPA process, 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 developing a successful landscape-level project.

For more information, contact Project Leader Delilah Brigham at 907-828-3232 or email dbrigham@fs.fed.us

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.

Scoping Period, December 2016

The first public comment period was open from November 30, 2016 to December 30, 2016, beginning when the Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register; please also see the Scoping Letter that was sent to the public at the beginning of the scoping process. There will be additional opportunities to comment as the proposal is refined, based on the input received. Comments received during the scoping period may be seen in the POW LLA Project Reading Room, under the heading “Scoping (NOI Scoping)”. Responses to those scoping comments will be published on this webpage when complete.

In addition to comments submitted during the scoping period, school children across Prince of Wales Island got involved by telling us what the forest means to them. Students from Craig's 2nd grade, Naukati's 5th grade H. Fehr, N, Callier, and T. Quigley, Naukati's 6th grade students G. Hills, H. Loud, and J. Goldman all participated, as did 7th grader Z. Fehr. Whale Pass had participants from their 6th grade students E. Wakefiled, J. Vasquez, M. Cooke, and 7th grade A. Parsley as well as 8th grade J.D. Alford and J. Alford. We're pleased so many students participated in the POW Youth Input

Public meetings were held on December 12, 2016 in Thorne Bay; December 13, 2016 in Naukati Bay; and December 15, 2016 in Craig. Many posters, handouts, and other resources were available at those meetings, further explaining a variety of natural resources managed by the U.S. Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island. The following files are meant to help you research and preapre input to this planning effort.

Resourse Documents

Botany & Invasive Species

Economics

General Information 

Geology and Karst

Heritage

Logging Systems

Recreation

Scenery and Tourism

Silviculture

Soils & Wetlands

Subsistence

Transportation

Wildlife & Fisheries

 

 

 

 





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