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Governor Submits Comments on Tongass Land Management Plan to USFS


May 05, 2007

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has submitted comments on behalf of the State of Alaska to the United States Forest Service (USFS) with regard to the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP). The public comment period ended April 30, 2007.

"This administration took a different approach in voicing the State's opinions," said Governor Sarah Palin. "With the best interests of Southeast Alaska in mind, this administration submitted comments on behalf of three departments, rather than each, independently. We believe one, united voice will send a clear and concise message that we need help to stabilize and revitalize the industry."

The following policy guidelines were used to craft the combined comments of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; the Department of Fish and Game; and the Department of Natural Resources:

  • It is the policy of the State of Alaska to support a vibrant and sustainable timber industry in Southeast Alaska as part of a diversified economy;
  • The State of Alaska is committed to sound conservation based on science;
  • The Palin Administration wants the Amendment to the Plan implemented in a timely fashion with minimal litigation exposure; and,
  • The State of Alaska supports the efforts of the Tongass Futures Roundtable.

As a cooperating agency in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, the State of Alaska will continue to play a formal role with the USFS as the final decision is made. The United States Forest Service expects to make a decision regarding the TLMP in September of this year.

Related Information:

Download the Governor Palin's letter to the USFS, along with additional State comments (pdf)


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Office of the Governor


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