Petersburg Pilot -

By Dan Rudy 

Tongass talks invite comments to forest plan amendment

 

Submitted Illustration

This diagram depicts land usage laid out in Alternative 5 of the draft environmental impact statement for the Tongass' amended management plan. The lightest-shaded areas signify lands designated or development, about 20 percent of the total Tongass National Forest area.

WRANGELL - Members of the community were invited to the Wrangell Ranger District Office on Jan. 13, to meet and greet with some of the minds behind the latest proposals for the future Tongass management plan.

The United States Forest Service is amending the current Land and Resource Management Plan for the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest in the country. Covering 16.7 million acres in Southeast Alaska, 3.4 million acres of that has been set aside for resource development.

The purpose of the amendment is to transition over to a young-growth timber

harvest that is sustainable bo...



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