Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell timber project EIS up for review


Courtesy of USFS

This map indicates the area for timber harvests available to the Forest Service on Wrangell Island. A draft Record of Decision and final Environmental Impact Statement were released by the Tongass Forest supervisor's office last week. The alternative proposal favored by the supervisor would allow for 4,767 acres of land on the island to be harvested, yielding just under 57,000,000 board feet.

The Tongass National Forest supervisor's office announced last week the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and draft record of decision (ROD) for a prospective timber sale are now available for public review.

Put together by United States Forest Service staff over the past decade, the Wrangell Island Project would open up federal forest for largely selective harvest. Five alternative plans were ultimately presented during the course of its design, with the one selected including the largest acreage for harvest and greatest timber volume.

Supervisor M. Earl Stewart explained in a me...

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