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Wrangell District Releases Shady Timber
Sale Environmental Assessment


April 9, 2004

The Wrangell Ranger District released the Shady Timber Sale Environmental Assessment Thursday.
According to the Forest Service, the Shady Timber Sale has the potential to increase forest products employment, generate revenue for the local community, and provide desirable timber to local lumber mills.

The Shady project area is located in the south-central portion of Wrangell Island within the Wrangell Ranger District boundaries. The Shady Timber Sale proposes to harvest approximately 3 to 5 million board feet of timber and build about one-half mile of temporary road. The temporary roads would be built to facilitate access to the harvest areas. All temporary roads would be closed to passenger vehicles after the sale is completed, but would remain passable by foot traffic and all-terrain vehicles. There is no timber harvest or road construction proposed within any inventoried roadless areas on Wrangell Island.

The subsistence analysis for the project indicated a possible impact on subsistence use of deer on Wrangell Island; therefore, a subsistence hearing is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the Wrangell Ranger District Office conference room. An open house to describe the analysis and to answer questions is slated for 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the subsistence hearing.

Persons or organizations submitting comments must provide substantive comments during the 30-day comment period to have standing to appeal the final decision. The 30-day public comment period begins when the public notice is published in the Juneau Empire newspaper.

Comments may be mailed to the Wrangell Ranger District at the address given below, FAXed to (907) 874-7595, or emailed to, with the words "Shady EA" in the subject line. Oral comments may be scheduled by contacting Randy Hojem at the WrangellRanger District. Comments must be substantive, and must include the commenter's name and address, title of the proposed action, specific comments, and a signature. Scanned signatures are acceptable for electronic comments.

The Shady EA has been mailed to interested parties, and is available from the Wrangell Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, 525 Bennett St., Wrangell, Alaska 99929.


Source of News Release:

Forest Service - Tongass National Forest
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