June 15, 2005
According to Hoonah District Ranger John Baldwin, the project will help provide wood products to local, family-owned businesses.
Baldwin said he chose the action alternative because "local-area people would like to see the Forest Service increase the supply of small amounts of wood for possible 'value-added wood processing.'"
The project meets the goals of the Tongass Forest Plan, which was updated in 1997, and is designed to assure sustainability for all resources and values, while allowing development on a small portion of the Tongass to support dependent communities in Southeast Alaska.
After careful consideration of the EA, Baldwin determined that the project will not adversely impact wildlife or wildlife habitat and there will be no additional detrimental effects to the visual character of the area.
The Ranger's decision also
stated that removal of selected individual trees will open up
the stand allowing regeneration of understory vegetation and
the project will not require any new road construction.
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