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UFA Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP)
Here are two recent announcements regarding the USFS Alaska Roadless Rule. See below for opportunity to serve on the Governor's advisory committee, attend USFS briefing meetings coming soon throughout Southeast and Anchorage, and provide comments directly to USFS.
 
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Governor for form Alaska Roadless Rule Citizen Advisory Committee
To apply for a position on the Committee, please visit: http://aws.state.ak.us/CrmForms/Home/Apply.
For more information about the rulemaking process go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511.
 
Press release:
Governor Walker issues A.O. 299 to establish the Alaska Roadless Rule Citizen Advisory Committee
Assisting management of roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest
 
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker issued Administrative Order 299 today, establishing the Alaska Roadless Rule Citizen Advisory Committee, and creating an opportunity for Southeast Alaskans to advise the State of Alaska on the future management of inventoried roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest.
 
In April, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture accepted Governor Walker’s request for an Alaska-specific rulemaking process on the Roadless Rule. In its rulemaking, the U.S. Forest Service will review opportunities to advance economic development in Southeast Alaska communities while conserving roadless area characteristics.
 
The Committee will consist of up to 13 voting members, representing federally recognized tribes in Alaska and Alaska Native regional corporations; environmental organizations; the timber, mining, tourism, energy, and commercial fishing industries; and state and local governments.
 
“This diverse Committee captures voices from stakeholders passionate about one of Alaska’s greatest resources: our land,” Governor Walker said. “It is critical for local Alaskans to be part of this important decision-making process that will impact many lives and livelihoods.”
 
The Committee will provide recommendations to the Governor and the State Forester, consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding the State and U. S. Department of Agriculture entered in August 2018. The USDA is beginning an Environmental Impact Statement and public rulemaking process to develop a state-specific roadless rule that establishes a land classification system designed to conserve roadless area characteristics in the Tongass National Forest, while accommodating road construction activities necessary for meeting Southeast Alaska’s continued forest management needs and economic development opportunities.
 
The Committee will present an initial written report on the rulemaking process to the Governor and State Forester no later than November 30, 2018, and may include up to three options for a state-specific roadless rule for possible inclusion in the National Environmental Policy Act review process.
 
To apply for a position on the Committee, please visit:  http://aws.state.ak.us/CrmForms/Home/Apply.
 
For more information about the rulemaking process go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511.
 
The Order takes effect immediately and remains in effect until December 31, 2020.
 
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USFS Alaska Roadless Rule home page:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/roadmain/roadless/alaskaroadlessrule
 
From email announcement:
USDA FOREST SERVICE ALASKA ROADLESS RULEMAKING PUBLIC MEETINGS, SEPT. 2018
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd594125.pdf
 
To submit comments online, click here.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511
In addition, written comments can be submitted via hard-copy mail to:
Alaska Roadless Rule,
USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region, Ecosystem Planning and Budget Staff,
P.O. Box 21628,
Juneau, Alaska 99802-1628.
 
DATE Meeting time and location
 
 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
JUNEAU
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
320 Willoughby Ave.
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, September 17, 2018
KETCHIKAN
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
50 Main St.
 
HOONAH
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Hoonah Ranger District
430 Airport Way
 
 
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
CRAIG
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Craig Tribal Association Hall
1330 Craig-Klawock Highway
 
ANGOON
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Angoon Community Association
 
 
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
POINT BAKER
Meeting Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Point Baker Community Building
 
TENAKEE SPRINGS
Meeting Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm Location: Community Center
 
 
Thursday, September 20, 2018
JUNEAU
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
320 Willoughby Ave.
 
 
 
 
Monday, September 24, 2018
WRANGELL
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Nolan Center                  296 Campbell Dr.
 
SITKA
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Aspen Suites                  210 Lake St.
 
DATE Meeting time and location
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
PETERSBURG
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Petersburg Borough, Assembly Chambers
12 South Nordic Dr.
 
YAKUTAT
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: ANB Hall
 
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
KAKE
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: Senior Center
251 Totem Way
 
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
ANCHORAGE
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Location: University of Alaska
Gorsuch Commons, Room #107 3211 Providence Dr.

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