December 9, 2016, M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan Amendment). The ROD documents the rationale for approving the Forest Plan Amendment and is consistent with the Reviewing Officer’s response to objections and instructions. The effective date of the Forest Plan Amendment is 30 days after publication of the notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval in the newspaper of record, the Ketchikan Daily News. A supplemental notice will also be published in the Juneau Empire.
Photo: Tongass Narrows looking West to Gravina Island, November 27, 2014 courtesy of Susan Howle, Tongass Planning Staff Officer.
The purpose of the POW LLA Project is to improve forest ecosystem health on Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts, help support community resiliency, and provide economic development through an integrated approach to meet multiple resource objectives. The proposed action will be developed through extensive public involvement to meet the Purpose and Needs for the project, with activities that will occur 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.