The U.S. Forest Service is holding a series of meetings around Southeast Alaska this month (February), part of a five-year review of the forest plan for the Tongass.
The most recent version of the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management plan was approved in January of 2008. The document outlines allowable uses on different parts of the 17 million acres of federal forest land, including areas designated for timber harvest. It also identifies important wildlife and plant species as well as ways to manage habitat for those plants and animals.
Joe Viechnicki spoke with Sue Jennings is a forest planner with the federal agency about the plan review.
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The Forest Service’s Tongass webpage has a link to the five-year review. The public comment period is open through the end of March. Petersburg’s meeting will be Monday, February 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Petersburg Indian Association conference room.
The first meeting was in Wrangell, Thursday February 7th in the Wrangell Borough assembly chambers
Other meetings include:
Sitka, February 13th at Harrigan Centennial Hall
Wednesday February 20th at the Craig Tribal Association Hall
Thursday February 21st at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan
And Thursday February 28th at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center