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Indian Creek Timber Sale Announced


April 18, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, gave formal notice on April 1, 2008, that the Division has made a preliminary decision regarding commercial timber sales in the Indian Creek Timber Sale Area on Prince of Wales Island.

Before this sale can be held, the Director of the Division of Forestry will make a written final decision that the sales are in the best interest of the State. This decision will set out the facts and applicable policies upon which the Director bases his determination that the proposed timber sale will or will not best serve the interest of the State. The final decision is expected to be available to the public after May 7, 2008.

This timber is located on Prince of Wales Island (POW) approximately 3 statue miles southwest of Hollis, Alaska . This volume will be sold in the form of two to five sales configured in five different units that compose a total of four hundred sixty six (466) acres. The sales will require in-state manufacture and will be a negotiated contract. No export in the round log form will be allowed. The State will utilize a request for proposal (RFP) process to determine the parties with whom to negotiate and sell the timber. The State maintains a public list of mills in Southeast Alaska that have expressed interest in timber sales and will market the sales based on this list.

The legal description of the timber sale area is in portions of Sections 17, 18, 19, and 20 in T74S, R84E, Copper River Meridian (CRM).

The public is invited to comment on any aspect of the preliminary decision. Comments should be mailed to the Alaska Division of Forestry, 2417 Tongass Avenue, Suite 213, Ketchikan, AK 99901. Comments must be received at the Division of Forestry office no later than May 6, 2008 in order to be considered in the final decision of whether or not this sale will be held in whole or in part. To be eligible to appeal the final decision a person must have provided written comment by May 6, 2008.

The Division of Forestry is requesting consistency review comment from state resource agencies, citizens of the affected coastal districts, affected coastal districts, and other interested parties. Comments are requested regarding the proposed timber sale's consistency with applicable enforceable policies. Comment regarding the inconsistency with an enforceable policy must identify the enforceable policy and explain how the timber sale is inconsistent. To be considered, written comment must be received by the Alaska Division of Forestry, 2417 Tongass Avenue, Suite 213, Ketchikan, AK 99901 on or before May 6, 2008. To preserve your right to file a petition seeking a review by the Coastal Policy Council of the proposed consistency determination, written comment must be received on or before May 6, 2008. The final ACMP consistency determination will be made concurrently with the Final Finding and Decision of the Director.

Copies of the preliminary decision are available for review at the Division of Forestry at 2417 Tongass Avenue, Suite 213, Ketchikan, Alaska and at the Ketchikan and Craig Public Libraries.

The State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate in this review can contact Paul Slenkamp of the Alaska Division of Forestry at 225-3070 or Email:



Source of News:

State of Alaska
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry
Southern Southeast Area Office


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