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Forest Service Issues Overlook Decision


December 01, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass National Forest recently approved the Overlook small-scale timber project, involving the harvest of approximately 4 million board feet of timber from approximately 190 acres within the Petersburg Ranger District. The project area is located in the central portion of Mitkof Island, about 15 miles south of Petersburg.



"This small timber project is part of our ongoing effort to actively and properly manage the Tongass National Forest and help family-run businesses in the area keep operating and create some local jobs," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole.

The project will involve the construction of less than two miles of roads to access harvest units. All roads will be closed after the timber harvest is complete. In order to make the sale more economically viable for local businesses, the final decision deleted two helicopter units and added two more easily accessible units.

"The decision strikes a healthy mix in considering economic needs and the ecosystem functions and high recreation and scenic values of the area," said Petersburg District Ranger Patricia Grantham. "While planning this project the public identified the importance of maintaining scenery, retaining recreational uses and providing economic timber sales to meet the needs of local businesses. I believe we have effectively addressed those key issues, along with ensuring protection of fish and wildlife habitats and other resources important to subsistence."

In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, the Overlook decision is subject to appeal. Appeals must be filed within 45 days of the date that legal notice of this decision is published in the Juneau Empire, tentatively planned for Dec. 1. Notice of Appeals must be filed with the Regional Forester, Alaska Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, P.O. Box 21628, Juneau, Alaska 99802-1628.

The Overlook Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact will be mailed to interested parties and will be available at the Petersburg Ranger District, 12 North Nordic Drive, P.O. Box 1328, Petersburg, Alaska.



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U.S. Forest Service


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