SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

Youth Advisory Council Meets


November 18, 2015
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A mixture of juniors and seniors form the Ketchikan High School Youth Advisory Council, or Y.A.C. The group held their first 2015 fall meeting at Ketchikan High School with U.S. Forest Service specialists working on the amendment to the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan.

jpg Youth Advisory Council Meets

Pictured from left to right: Patti Krosse (FS), Janette Turk (FS), Cameron Edwards, Sue Howle (FS), Rizza Rodriguez, Eliah Anderson, AJ Dela Cruz, Bernadette Franulovich, Katie Powers, Kaileigh Krosse, Cheyenne Mathews, Sage Acteson, Faith L. Duncan (FS)
Photo courtesy USFS

The need for the amendment or change comes from a July 2013 memo from U. S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Secretary’s Memorandum 1044-009) directing the Tongass to transition its forest management program to be more ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable, as well as information generated during the Five-Year Review of the Forest Plan in 2013. An amendment is needed to accelerate the transition to a young-growth forest management program, and to do so in a way that preserves a viable timber industry that provides jobs and opportunities for residents of Southeast Alaska. Changes to the Forest Plan are also needed to make the development of renewable energy resources more permissible, including access and utility corridors to stimulate economic development in Southeast Alaska communities.

The Tongass National Forest Interpretation and Conservation Education Program's Youth Advisory Council members are selected by the junior-senior advisor based on academic excellence and interest in science and humanities. According to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service, the team has a busy schedule ahead of them, including reviewing and making recommendations regarding the amendment, which focuses on old growth to predominantly young growth management in a way that is economically viable for the existing industry, while recognizing and balancing the other unique and equally important resource values of the Tongass.

Three Youth Advisory Council meetings were held at Ketchikan High School from the fall of 2014 through the spring of 2015. The Youth Advisory Council members participated in discussions about the emphases of the forest plan amendment and attended a fact-gathering open house.

Each year, new juniors, and returning seniors will form an active council; learn about the timelines and scope of forest planning; and how they can participate in the effort.

Faith L. Duncan is the Tongass National Forest Interpretation and Conservation Education Program Manager.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

USFS - Tongass National Forest


Publish A Letter in SitNews

Contact the Editor

SitNews ©2015
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without written permission from and payment of any required fees to the proper sources.

E-mail your news & photos to

Photographers choosing to submit photographs for publication to SitNews are in doing so granting their permission for publication and for archiving. SitNews does not sell photographs. All requests for purchasing a photograph will be emailed to the photographer.