Forest Service Extends Comment Period for Petersburg Outfitter and Guide Use Plan
Petersburg, AK – In response to public requests, Petersburg District Ranger Chris Savage authorized an additional 30-day public comment period for the district’s Outfitter and Guide Management Plan Environmental Assessment.
A decision on the plan will determine how recreation visitor capacity will be allocated to outfitters and guides through issuance of special use permits, while taking into account the needs of unguided users and forest resources. The project area comprises about 1.9 million acres in central Southeast Alaska on the Petersburg Ranger District. It encompasses the communities of Petersburg, Kupreanof, and Kake.
The EA describes two action alternatives, both of which would authorize up to 39,605 recreation visitor days annually, with allocations proportioned out by season. Alternative 1 proposes to allocate those days as: 3,961 in the spring; 25,743 in the summer; 5,941 s in the fall; and 3,961 in the winter.
Alternative 2 is similar, but with reduced allocations in the spring and fall in Study Area 12A (Saginaw/Security/Washington Bays) and Area 14 (Keku Strait/Port Camden). The reduced allocation is intended to reduce user conflicts and provide greater opportunity for solitude.
The additional 30-day comment period on the EA will begin on the date the notice of availability is published in the Petersburg Pilot, the newspaper of record. Send comments to:
Petersburg District Ranger Chris Savage / Team Leader Marina Whitacre
Attn: Petersburg Outfitter and Guide Management Plan
U.S. Forest Service
PO Box 1328
Petersburg, AK, 99833-1328