Public invited to comment on environmental assessment for Margaret Creek Restoration and Enhancement Project

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.


Ketchikan, Alaska – A preliminary environmental assessment that proposes to improve stream health, enhance recreation opportunities, treat invasive plants, and improve wildlife habitat within the Margaret Bay Watershed is up for public review for the next 30 days. 

Written comments will be accepted for the multi-year Margaret Creek Restoration and Enhancement project beginning Monday, April 15. The project is subject to an objection process, so anyone who wants to be eligible to object, would need to submit timely and specific comments that are directly relate to the proposed activities with supporting rationale.

Commenters must clearly identify themselves when they submit their written comments by providing a complete name and current mailing address. The Forest Service will accept and consider comments submitted anonymously, but the commenter will not be able to participate in the objection process.

How to send in comments:

The public can send comments through facsimile, hand delivered it, or send it electronically: 

  • Fax hardcopy written comments to: Margaret Creek Restoration Project, District Ranger, Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District; Fax: (907) 225-8738
  • Hand deliver written comments during business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays to 3031 Tongass Avenue Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
  • Submit electronic written comments in plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or word (.doc) to: comments-alaska-tongass-ketchikan-mistyfiord@fs.fed.us. Please include Margaret Creek Restoration Project in the subject line.

What to include in comments:

  • The project title, Margaret Creek Restoration Project
  • Commenter’s name
  • Commenter’s current physical mailing address
  • Commenter’s organization name if commenting as a representative

Please be aware that names and contact information submitted with comments become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The assessment and supporting information can be downloaded from the project website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51782.

The electronic project record is available upon request from the Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District office.

For additional information please contact: Jon Hyde, Team Leader, Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District; 3031 Tongass Avenue Ketchikan, AK 99901; or 907-225-2148; or jon.hyde@usda.gov. For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

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