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Forest Service Seeks Public Input for Duke Island Project
Public meeting slated for April 19th


April 14, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass National Forest's Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District has received a plan of operations from Quaterra Alaska, Inc., for proposed mining exploration activities on Duke Island near Ketchikan. Exploration activities would include core drilling, rock sampling and mapping. Platinum is the primary mineral of interest.

A public scoping meeting concerning the proposal is slated for 7 p.m. April 19 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center's Learning Center, 50 Main Street, in Ketchikan.

Quaterra Alaska, Inc., holds a number of federal and state mining claims on Duke Island, which is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Ketchikan. The claims are located within the Tongass National Forest and the Forest Service is responsible for managing surface activities on these claims.

The Forest Service is charged with implementing the National Environmental Policy Act while following the laws and regulations that allow for mineral exploration.

"As a minimum, surveys would be required to ensure that no cultural sites or sensitive plant species are impacted at the proposed core drilling sites," explained Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District Ranger Lynn Kolund.

"We understand that Duke Island is culturally and spiritually important to local Alaska Natives," said Kolund. "We have met with resource committees or tribal councils of our local tribal governments and they have been given a copy of this plan of operations to review."

"We also have invited representatives from Quaterra Alaska, the proponent of this project, to come to Ketchikan for the public meeting," he added. "They are in the best position to explain their present and future plans."

The purpose of this public meeting is to identify potential issues and concerns associated with Quaterra's proposed plan of operations.

"We look forward to comments and participation from members of the public," said Kolund. "Their views and ideas are important and necessary for us to properly manage public lands in Southeast Alaska. I encourage anyone interested to attend this meeting and learn what is and what is not proposed by this project."

Mail comments to:

District Ranger
Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District
3031 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901

Or e-mail comments to:

Kolund at



Source of News Release:

Forest Service - Tongass National Forest
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