Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Release Date: Nov 17, 2014

Contact(s): Jason Anderson


PETERSBURG, Alaska–The fourth meeting of the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) is Nov. 19–21, 2014 at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House, 456 Katlian Street in Sitka, Alaska.

Meeting objectives are to make further progress identifying key issues and drafting recommendations for the Forest Plan Amendment for January submission; to discuss current issues regarding transitioning to young growth with USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Bonnie; and to clearly identify objectives and next steps for the January committee meeting.

All TAC meetings are open to the public. The Committee encourages members of the public to provide input to the process through oral and/or written comment. The oral public comment period for this meeting will be on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Written comments may be submitted at the meeting, or sent to Jason Anderson, Designated Federal Officer, Tongass National Forest, P.O. Box 309, Petersburg, Alaska 99833; by e-mail to jasonanderson@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 907-772-5895.

The Committee is being asked to make recommendations on forest management on the Tongass with emphasis on young-growth management; these recommendations may be included in the Forest Plan amendment.

TAC members advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture through the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The membership represents a broad and diverse range of viewpoints and expertise, geographically diverse communities in and outside of Alaska, and people with a demonstrated commitment to working on collaborative solutions.

For the meeting agenda and more information about the TAC, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/TAC.

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