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Forest Service Releases Traitors Cove Draft EIS


June 04, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Misty-Fiords Ranger District has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Traitors Cove Timber Sale project.

The preferred alternative would involve the harvest of approximately 18 million board feet of timber from 973 acres on northwest Revillagigedo Island.

"This project is part of our ongoing effort to help local family-owned businesses and support the resource-dependent communities of southeast Alaska," said Ketchikan Misty-Fiords District Ranger Lynn Kolund.

Public hearings to accept subsistence testimony regarding the Traitors Cove project are slated for 3 p.m. June 17 at the Saxman Community Theater.

The public subsistence hearings are designed to receive testimony from individuals, agencies and organizations on the activities proposed in the DEIS and how the activities may potentially affect users of subsistence resources within the project area. The hearings are intended to meet subsistence evaluation requirements outlined in Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA.

The proposed project would require approximately nine miles of new road construction and would use existing marine access facilities at Marguerite Bay, SW Neets and Fire Cove.

According to Kolund, public participation is vital in the decision-making process for this or any land-management project on the Tongass.

"We really want to encourage people to comment on any issues that are of concern to them," he said.

A 45-day public comment period will begin when a Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register, which is planned for June 16th.

Comments may be sent to Jeannie Blackmore, Traitors Cove IDT Leader, Ketchikan Misty-Fiords Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, 3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.

The DEIS has been mailed to interested parties, and is available at the Ketchikan Misty-Fiords Ranger District. For more information, contact Blackmore at (907) 228-4120 or e-mail


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