Story last updated at 3/13/2013 - 2:06 pm
KETCHIKAN - As part of a plan to transition from old-growth to young-growth harvest, the Tongass National Forest is offering profitable young-growth sales as they become available. The Dargon Point project, the most recent young-growth project on the Forest, will provide timber to the current Southeast Alaska timber industry.
"This project is in line with the intent of the Transition Framework, which outlines a commitment to economic growth that's environmentally responsible in Southeast Alaska. A young-growth management program is a key part of that vision and I am excited to take an active role in moving that program forward," said Perry Edwards, Acting Thorne Bay District Ranger. "This area has one of the higher concentrations of young-growth that has grown to commercial size on the Tongass."
The Dargon Point project identifies around 2.5 million board feet (MMBF) of mature (60-70 years old) young-growth timber from a 70 acre stand. Methods include clear-cutting 54 acres and thinning 16 beach fringe acres. The selected alternative was created in response to public scoping of the proposed action for the project. Approximately one mile of new road will be constructed using an existing rock pit. The project area is located near Naukati on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.
The Decision Notice (DN) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available for review at http://go.usa.gov/23fh.This decision is subject to administrative review. The Notice of Appeal must be in writing, meet the appeal content requirements at 215.14, and be filed with the Appeal Deciding Officer:
Forest Supervisor, Forrest Cole
Tongass Supervisors Office, Ketchikan
648 Mission Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
The Notice of Appeal must be filed by April 15, 11:59 p.m.