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HOONAH - What potential effects could the Hoonah Ranger District's Access and Travel Management Environmental Assessment (ATMEA) have on users of subsistence resources on the district?
The USDA Forest Service will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on that topic, immediately following an informational meeting on the ATMEA Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Hoonah Ranger District office.
Individuals, agencies and organizations are invited to provide testimony beginning at 6 p.m. on activities proposed in the scoping for the project across the entire Hoonah Ranger District, located on north Chichagof Island. Interested publics in Pelican, Gustavus and Angoon may participate by conference call. The schedule for the Feb. 26 meeting is as follows: informational meeting, 5-6 p.m; public hearing in Hoonah, 6-7:30 p.m; call-in hearing for Pelican, 7:30-7:45 p.m.; call-in hearing for Gustavus, 7:45-8 p.m.; call-in hearing for Angoon, 8-8:15 p.m.
Hoonah Ranger District Office is located at 430A Airport Rd. in Hoonah. To participate by phone from Pelican, Gustavus or Angoon, call 1-800-857-5087 and use PASSCODE: 8357913.
Written testimony will be accepted and incorporated into the hearing record if received on or before Feb. 26, 2009. Mail to: Hoonah Ranger District, P.O. Box 135, Hoonah, AK 99829-0135.
This public hearing is intended to meet subsistence evaluation and access requirements outlined in Sections 810 and 811, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, including to "ensure that rural residents engaged in subsistence uses shall have reasonable access to subsistence resources."
Copies of the scoping letter will be mailed to those who requested to be on the mailing list and will also available at the Hoonah Ranger District office prior to this meeting. The comment period for public response to the scoping letter will end on March 3. For further information or to request a copy of the scoping letter, contact: Hoonah Ranger District, Attn: Terry Fiske, P.O. Box 135, Hoonah, Alaska 99829 or call (907) 945-3631