January 13, 2006
"This project is part of our ongoing effort to effectively manage the Tongass National Forest," said Petersburg District Ranger Patricia Grantham. "It allows for sustainable timber harvesting activities on the Tongass to help local, family-run businesses keep operating and create jobs in southeast Alaska."
According to the Forest Service, the project will create nearly 40 direct jobs and approximately $1.7 million in direct logging and sawmill income. The project will not require any new road construction and an existing log transfer facility at Portage Bay will be used.
"The decision strikes a healthy mix in considering economic needs and ecosystem functions," Grantham added.
In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, the Scott Peak decision is subject to appeal. Appeals must be filed within 45 days of the date that legal notice of this decision is published, which is planned for Jan. 16.
Notice of Appeals must be filed with the Regional Forester, Alaska Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, P.O. Box 21628, Juneau, Alaska 99802-1628.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision have been mailed to interested parties, and are available at the Petersburg Ranger District.
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