PUBLISHED: 9:13 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Forest Service issues second decision for Scott Peak Project area
Petersburg, AK - Southeast Alaska wood products businesses will have another 8.3 million board feet of high-quality Tongass National Forest timber available under the Scott Peak Project Area decision, Petersburg District Ranger Patty Grantham announced today. The Scott Peak Project Area is located on northeast Kupreanof Island. All harvest units are in roaded areas allocated specifically for timber production. Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole's decision is documented in the Scott Peak Project Area 2006 Record of Decision, a document that is currently available to the public.

The decision authorizes reconstruction of a mile of existing National Forest System Road and construction of about 2 miles of temporary road to facilitate the harvest. The decision also adjusts the size, location and configuration of the small old-growth habitat reserve within the Scott Peak Project Area so that it meets the criteria specified for such areas in the forest plan. Anyone who would like a copy of the Scott Peak Final EIS (2001), the 2005 ROD, and/or the 2006 ROD, should contact Kris Rutledge, Scott Peak Project Leader, P.O. Box 1328, Petersburg, Alaska 99833; e-mail address:; or call (907) 772-3871. Copies of these documents are also available at most Forest Service offices and public libraries in Southeast Alaska.