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Tongass National Forest Draft Plan Monitoring Program requests comments


KETCHIKAN, Alaska–The Tongass National Forest is seeking comment on intended administrative changes to the Forest’s monitoring program. The intended changes modify the current program to meet the eight monitoring requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule.

The Tongass National Forest Draft Plan Monitoring Program describes the eight requirements and identifies which monitoring questions meet each of those requirements. It also outlines what changes are proposed to the existing monitoring program to better align the Draft Plan Monitoring Program with both the 2012 Planning Rule and the 2008 Forest Plan. Future and deferred actions are also identified. The Tongass National Forest Draft Plan Monitoring Program is available for review at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/Monitoring.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Ketchikan Daily News, anticipated for Wednesday March 9, 2016. The actual publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period.

Send or hand-deliver written comments to: Tongass National Forest, Attn: Cathy Tighe, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901. Office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Comments may also be faxed to 907-228-6215. Electronic comments may be submitted to comments-alaska-tongass@fs.fed.us with “Plan Monitoring Program” in the subject line.

Additional information may be obtained from: Cathy Tighe via phone 907-228-6274, email ctighe@fs.fed.us, or in person at 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901.


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