Nakwasina River watershed on Baranof Island in Unit 4 is closed to the harvest of mountain goats
The Sitka District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is taking action to close the Nakwasina River watershed to the harvest of mountain goats. The closure will be effective at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday November 4, 2015 and will remain in effect through the remainder of the 2015 season which ends December 31, 2015. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has issued a concurrent closure in the same watershed. Based on aerial surveys, historical harvest and vulnerability to harvest, biologists have set a maximum guideline harvest objective of five male goats or one female goat in this area. As of Monday, November 2, five male goats have been harvested. Continued mountain goat harvest in this area would be detrimental to the long term conservation of the mountain goat population.
The remainder of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting unless closed by special action.
A map and description of the closed areas are available from the Sitka Ranger District Office and the Sitka area office of ADF&G. Information on Federal subsistence management special actions for the Tongass National Forest can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/tongass/news-events. For additional information, call Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 907-747-4297 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found at https://www.doi.gov/subsistence