Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.
2013 Marx Creek Habitat Enhancement
Improve existing spawning and rearing conditions for chum/coho salmon in upper Marx Creek. Activities include raising water temperature, creating shallow water habitat, and ultimately increasing the number of chum/coho salmon produced by Marx Creek.
Anan Trail Reconstruction
Upgrade a portion of the trail to 4-5ft wide gravel surface. Includes an approximately 900' section between the viewing deck and high water in the lagoon. The purpose is to accomodate new toilet facility at the deck, but will also improve access.
Berg Bay Cabin Replacement
Replace existing A-frame cabin and toilet with new, regionally approved cabin and toilet.
Cannon Beach Day-Use Area Improvements Project
The shelter is rotting and will be replaced with a larger structure. Outdoor seating and tables will be placed between the shelter and pavilion. The barrels from the two cannons will be reattached. Site signage will be improved and updated.
Cascade Creek Reconstruction
The reroute and reconstruction of approximately 0.5 miles of the Cascade Creek Trail, originating at saltwater.
Deer Lake Coho Rearing Facility Permit Re-Issuance (NSRAA)
Re-issue special use permit for coho rearing facility- run by NSRAA
Fields, William Isolated Cabin at Lake Anna
Re-issue a 5-year permit to use and maintain an isolated cabin
Hidden Falls Fish Hatchery Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Re-Issue of special use permit for a salmon hatchery run by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Kruzof Island Outfitter Guide EA
To determine the amount of recreation use that the Mud Bay and Eagle River road systems can accommodate, and then decide how much should be allocated to commercial use.
Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Planning
JRD is reviewing year-round recreation use by both independent and guided visitors within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in order to update and revise its commercial capacity allocation.
Naukati Timber Sale
This project is proposing 40 MMBF of old growth timber harvest from the existing road system in accordance with TTRA and other applicable laws.
Salmon Lake Trail Reconstruction
Reconstruct 5.9 miles of Salmon Lake Trail to eliminate deferred Maintenance.
Shoreline II Outfitter and Guide Management Plan
This project will determine recreation use levels for saltwater-based outfitters and guides on the Admiralty National Monument, Hoonah, Juneau, and Sitka Ranger Districts. A Proposed Action will be developed to allocate service days to outfitter and guide use.
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS
We invite you to learn about and share your thoughts on outfitter and guide recreational use of the Shoreline II area at the following meetings:
Angoon: Wed. March 27, 6-9 pm, Angoon Comm. Assoc.
Juneau: Thurs. March 14, 4-7 pm, Juneau R.D. Office
Sitka: Thurs. March 14, 5-7 pm, Harrigan Centennial Hall
Other communities: To be determined.
Sitka Smoke House Project
Issue a new special use permit to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska for the construction and use of a traditional Tlingit Smokehouse for Tribal use and educational purposes.
Tenakee Springs Indian River Road, Coffee Cove Trail, LTF Access
Ensure access for the City of Tenakee Springs and the general public to support hydroelectric power production, recreation, subsistence, free use, firewood, and trapping
Thomas Bay Integrated Timber Sale
Timber harvest, young-growth treatments, wildlife enhancement, and restoration activities.
2012 Surface Exploration Plan of Operations, Bokan Mountain REE Project, Prince of Wales Island, AK
This project is the NEPA review of the 2012 Surface Exploration Plan of Operations for the Bokan Mountain Rare earth Element (REE) Project on Prince of Wales Island, AK.
Anan Management Plan Update
10-year review of current visitor management practices at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Project will examine new management strategies to address known issues including high commercial visitor demand and available access by non-commercial visitors.
Angoon Airport Project
The FAA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider alternatives to, and impacts of constructing a new land-based commercial airport near the City of Angoon. The FAA is the lead agency and the USFS is a cooperator per an MOU.
Balls Lake Trail CE
Improve the Balls Lake Trail by replacing all natural tread sections with boardwalk.
Bell Island Geothermal Leases SPEIS
The proposed action is for a consent determination for the BLM to issue three leases in the Tongass National Forest (TNF) and for the BLM to issue the leases to the geothermal lease applicant.
Big Thorne EIS
The Big Thorne EIS is a multi-year timber sale component of a larger stewardship effort which will include restoration and enhancement stewardship activities that will be identified through other environmental analyses.
Bohemia Basin Trail and Recreation Improvements
Improve an existing recreation site by converting a 2.3 mile closed road to a hiking/pedestrian trail; constructing or developing two tent sites, and clearing brush and trees from the existing 3-sided shelter site.
Camp Coogan Riparian and Wildlife Habitat Improvement
Young-growth timber stand improvement project to enhance riparian and upland habitat values.
Conveyance of Wrangell Ranger District Forest Service Property
Analyze effects of planned disposal of USDA administrative properties at 316 First Avenue (Lot 7 Block 67), 212 First Avenue (Lot 7K Block 67), and 808-810 Zimovia Highway (Lot 3 Block 26), City of Wrangell, Alaska.
FAA Communications Facility on Kuiu Island
Issue a special use permit to the FAA to install communications facilities at Kuiu Island. Facilities proposed include: 25' x 8' x 15' tall solar frame with solar panels; 6' x 8' x 17' tall equipment shelter; 20' x 20' helicopter landing pad.
FAA, Finger Mountain Remote Facility Replacement
Replacement of Remote Self-Sustained Outlet Facility
Hamilton Tributary Restoration
This project proposes to restore instream habitat by placing up to 15 large woody debris (LWD) structures in a tributary stream to the Hamilton River.
Hecla Greens Creek Mine Proposed Tailings Expansion
Analyze Greens Creek's proposal to expand the existing tailings facility.
Hollis to Harris Trail CE
This project would improve existing roads between Hollis Day Use Area and Forest Service Harris River Interpretive Trail. The trail is approximately 5 miles long with 1 mile of undeveloped trail.
Hoonah Ranger District 3-5 year Precommercial Thinning Project
Precommercial tree thinning of approximately 6920 acres over a 5 year period. Enhance timber and wildlife habitat values by improving diameter growth and vigor of residual trees and promoting greater understory development.
Johnson, Tim Isolated Cabin, Klag Bay
Continue to operate and maintain isolated cabin
Juneau Ranger District 3-5 year Precommercial Thinning Project.
Precommercial tree thinning on approximately 1555 acres over a 5 year period. Enhance timber and wildlife habitat values by improving diameter growth and vigor of residual trees and promoting greater understory development.
Determine the final location for a power transmission line between the communities of Petersburg and Kake.
Kosciusko Vegetation Management Project
Harvest an estimated 200 acres of old-growth, and various treaments of 6,000 acres of young-growth, in support of the Tongass NF timber sale program and to meet Forest Plan objectives.
Kruzof Integrated Resource Project EA
Watershed & Fisheries enhancement, riparian, wildlife, & timber stand improvement thinning.
Lake Osprey Hydropower, Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station Special Use Permit
Issue new special use permit for re-construction and use of an existing hydropower facility at Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station
Luck Creek Restoration
This project would consist of tree harvest and placement of trees in Luck Creek tributaries to rehabilitate and improve aquatic habitat.
Luck Lake and Sarkar Lake Day Use Improvement Project
Day use areas at Luck Lake and Sarkar Lake are in need of repairs, updates and improvements. The Alaska Forest Highway Program has provided funds to accomplish improvement projects at these sites.
Mitkof Island Small Sales
Authorize a small sales program on Mitkof Island that includes timber harvest, firewood cutting and salvage.
Navy Timber Sale
Timber Harvest and Road Construction.
Organized Village of Kake - Culture Camp
Issue a 5 year special use permit to the Organized Village of Kake to use an old logging camp site in Kake for a traditional subsistence foods culture "camp". Each "camp" would last for 1 to 5 days, and up to 4 "camps" per year would take place.
Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project 2013 Plan of Operations
The 2013 Plan of Operations for surface exploration activities at the Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project proposes helicopter-supported core drilling at nine sites and a temporary camp.
SSRAA Neck Lake Amendment
Amend an existing special use permit by adding 3 net pens, 1 anchor point, and a bulkhead on the road.
Saddle Lakes Timber Sale
The proposed action would harvest almost 33 million board feet (MMBF) of timber on about 2,613 acres and would construct up to 18 miles of road (9 mi NFS system and 9 mi temporary road).
Sal Creek Cabin and Trail EA
Construct a young growth cabin and access trail in the Sal Creek area.
Thomas Bay Moose Habitat Enhancement
Selectively thin conifers in riparian areas on roughly 100 acres in the Patterson River floodplain at Thomas Bay. The areas will be treated to encourage the growth of willow and cottonwood, forage species preferred by moose.
Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Project
The Tongass is proposing to remove nine cabins and convert or replace three cabins to survival shelters to help move toward a sustainable recreation cabin program.
Water Transmission Line and Associated Items on Kupreanof Island
Issue a special use permit to George Curtiss for existing items located on National Forest land: 1 in dia. x 300 ft water transmission line, two water storage tanks (425 and 1,000 gallon), log/tarp dam, 10 ft x 15 ft water impoundment area.
Wrangell - Petersburg Weed Management Project
Project proposes to treat weed infestations on Wrangell and Petersburg Districts through various means including manual, mechanical and chemical treatments.
Wrangell Island Project EIS
Develop/implement multi-year project involving a variety of timber harvest, road construction, forest restoration and enhancement.
Zarembo Minerals Investigation 2013-2014 Plan of Operations
Use of existing roads and marine facilities, minor surface excavation, exploration, and low yield blasting, temporary crew camp and storage, foot trails, drilling access, and core drilling.
2013 Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District (KMRD) Timber Stand Improvement CE
Various precommercial thinning treatments on 500-600 ac annually over a 5 yr period; up to 8,066 ac of previously harvested stands. Reduce stocking of trees to adjust stand density, species composition, and structural diversity.
Alaska Department of Fish & Game Fisheries Research Amendment
The Alaska Department of Fish &Game (ADF&G) has applied for a special use permit amendment to install a tent/safety platform on the Keta River. The Alaska Coastal Management Program expired on June 30, 2011 under State law.
Alaska Telephone Company
This is a new Special Use Permit. Wireless phone receiver and phone line to customer.
Blind River Rapids Picnic Shelters
Proposed installation of shelters over the two existing picnic platforms on the Blind River Rapids Trail.
Blue Lake Hydroelectric Project Special Use Authorization
Blue Lake Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2230) License Amendment.
Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine 2013 Surface Exploration Plan of Operations
Coeur Alaska plans to conduct surface exploration activities in 2013 and proposes limited or minimal tree cutting in the Juneau-Skagway Icefield IRA to provide safe helicopter landings and drill pads.
Craig and Thorne Bay (Prince of Wales) Outfitter and Guide Management Plan (EA)
This project will consider recreation use by outfitters and guides on the Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts. The analysis area covers all NFS lands on Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts.
Dargon Point Commercial Thinning Project
Approximately 70 acres of young growth harvest and approximately 1 mile of road construction in the Naukati area on Prince of Wales Island, to provide wood products, manage for future timber yield and enhance wildlife habitat.
False Island Timber Sale
Small timber sale on the False Island road system
Gary Neilson Water system
New Special Use Permit. Water system includes small impoundment, 600 feet of 2inch waterline, and small cistern.
Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company 2013 Surface Exploration Drilling Plan of Operations
Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company plans to continue its surface exploration program in 2013 and proposes limited or minimal tree cutting in the Greens Creek IRA to provide safe helicopter landings and drill pads.
Herbert Glacier Gold Project 2013 Surface Exploration Plan of Operations
This project is a review of the 2013 Plan of Operations for surface exploration activities at the Herbert Glacier Gold Project.
Hoonah Access and Travel Management
An ATM plan is needed to support the goals and objectives of travel management and road maintenance. The analysis process identifies the minimal road system required for forest management of public motorized use.
Juneau RD and Admiralty NM Access and Travel Management Plan
District-wide and Monument-wide analysis of roads and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes. CZMA-FAA(1)
Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District Access and Travel Management Plan,
An ATM is needed to support the goals and objectives of travel management and road maintenance. The analysis process will identify the minimal road system required for forest management of public motorized use.
Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District Outfitter/Guide Management Plan
This project will determine recreation use levels for outfitters and guides on the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District. The Proposed Action would allocate approximately 54,000 service days to outfitter and guide use
Naukati Harbor Mineral Material Source
Sale of 4000 cubic yards of shot rock and 800 cubic yards of riprap in support of the Naukati Harbor project.
North Fork Lake Dam SUP
The City of Craig proposes to increase the storage capacity at the existing water storage site by raising the existing dam up to 6 feet.
North POW Intertie Phase 3
Install and maintain 4.5 miles of power line from Coffman Cove Junction to Naukati Junction.
Ohmer Creek Trail Reconstruction
The reroute and reconstruction of approximately 3/4 of a mile of trail beyond the floating bridge to Snake Ridge Road. The trail is proposed to be a gravel turnpike approximately 5 feet wide to be consistent with the rest of the trail.
Petersburg Ranger District Access and Travel Management
An EA will be completed to address access travel mgmt across the Petersburg RD and its potential effects. Access travel mgmt decisions will include on and off route travel, mixed travel (vehicle and ATV use on same rds) and rd closures. CZMA-FAA(1).
Prince of Wales Roads Access Travel Management Plan
Determine and provide for the minimum forest transportation system that best serves current and anticipated management objectives and public uses of National Forest System Lands on Prince of Wales Island. CZMA-FAA(3).
Schofield Mineral Material Permit, Shoal Cove Cinder Pits
Shoal Cove mineral material sale - Request for 500 cubic yards of cinder rock by Ed Schofield
Sitka Ranger District Access and Travel Management Project
District-wide analysis of roads and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes. CZMA - FAA (1)
Sunny Creek Fishpass Retrofit
The Sunny Creek fishpass has chronic plugging, it is built downstream of a depositional gravel bar. This project would involve blasting and drilling bedrock and building a concrete flume upstream of the fishpass.
Tonka Timber Sale
Authorize timber harvest and related infrastructure development within Phase I areas on South Lindenberg Peninsula (VCUs 437, 439, 447), Kupreanof Island.
Twelvemile Creek Restoration Phase II EA
This project would authorize upland and riparian thinning treatments, and aquatic habitat improvement projects on the mainstem of Twelvemile Creek.
United States Coast Guard Communication Site Designation and Special Use Permit - Duffield Peninsula
Amend the Tongass National Forest Plan to designate a new electronic site and issue a 20-year communication site lease to the USCG for a VHF link site to provide communication coverage in the Peril Strait area.
Wrangell Ranger District Access and Travel Management EA
Determine the best way to manage the transportation system for current and future management objectives and public uses of the Forest Service lands on the Wrangell Ranger District. CZMA FAA (1)
Wrangell Ranger District Timber Stand Improvement 2012
Thinning for multiple objectives on the Wrangell Ranger District. Total acres 1,969.
Yakutat Ranger District Access and Travel Management (previously ATV/OHV Management Plan)
Work with Yakutat community to develop motorized vehicle access on the Yakutat Ranger District. Will include designation of motorized travel routes for different vehicle types, including ATV/OHV's. CZMA FAA (1)
Alaskan Dreams Shoreties
EC Phillips Shoreties
Special Use Permit renewal for shoreties.
Gravelly Creek Trail Extension EA
Extension of trail from Gravelly Creek at Thorne River to Falls Creek.
Kahli Cove SUP
Special use permit for upland uses in support of an existing mariculture lease. Upland uses include shoreties, water line, satellite dishes, and an existing foot trail.
Sea Otter Cabin Site Assessment
Determine location to erect Sea Otter public use recreational log cabin.
Special Use Permit application for temporary facilities for the taking of fish and wildlife
Response to an application filed for a temporary tent frame structure for customary and traditional uses for non-commercial hunting, fishing and trapping.
Special Use Permit reissuance for a pre-ANILCA cabin
Reissuing a permit to an individual to replace and then continue to use and occupy under the conditions described in ANILCA 1303(b) a pre-ANILCA cabin for the purpose of non-recreational use on National Forest System lands
Treadwell Ditch Trail Bridge Replacement
Replacement/construction of four 39 bridges on Treadwell Ditch Trail. This may entail disturbance of stream banks in order to construct bridge abutments.
West Glacier Trailhead Improvements
Proposed improvements at West Glacier Trailhead include vault toilets (4 holes total),a shelter at the commercial launch area, new trailhead sign, a new gate to and an access trail from the commercial launch area
Yakutat Access Travel Management Plan Revision
Revise Yakutat Ranger District Access Travel Management Plan (originally signed in May 2008). Consider additional roads and/or trails to be designated as open for public use
FAA Harris River Pass Aviation Camera
Install a 100' tower to support a weather observation camera to improve avaition safety in the Harris River Pass.
Harbor Mountain/Gavin Hill Trail Obliteration
Obliterate and rehabilitate 2700 LF of the Gavin Hill end of the trail.
Lunch Creek Trail Reconstruction
Add surfacing and drainage structures, with possible short sections of realignment, to the natural tread sections of Lunch Creek Trail from mile 0.67 to the end at mile 4.1 to reduce vegetation impacts.
Peril Straits Timber Salvage Sale
Small timber sale to salvage blowdown trees in the False Island, Hanus Bay and Appleton areas.
Peterson Lake Trail Maintenance
Trail maintenance will harden muddy sections of trail over the entire 4.2 mile length of the trail from the road to the cabin. Work will include drainage repair to move water off the tread. FAA (3)
Re-issuance of permit authorizing support of a floating lodge at False Island
Re-issue a Special Use Permit to authorize storage, water transmission lines, and other improvements to support the operations of a floating lodge and guide service at False Island.
Redoubt Lake Cabin Replacement
Replace A-Frame cabin with a Region 10 approved pan abode style cabin, due to deferred maintenance backlog and rot in the floor and roof supports