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Progress Toward Achieving the Tongass Advisory Committee Recommendations

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Two years ago, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) reached consensus on a set of recommendations for developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy for the Tongass National Forest, which included components of the Proposed Land & Resource Management Plan, as well as recommendations for implementation, investment, and monitoring of the transition to primary young growth-based forest management. These recommendations represent the first consensus col-laborative agreement on Tongass policy for timber and forest man-agement in the history of Southeast Alaska.
 
Many former TAC members, along with other individuals from the region, have continued to work together as the Tongass Transition Collaborative (TTC) to continue to build on common ground and fulfill an important role as a catalyst for change by encouraging progress and tracking initiatives that lead toward achievement of a successful transition on the Tongass and throughout Southeast Alaska. Such continued investment of diverse stakeholders represents a new way of doing business in Alaska – this direction has the power to create much more certainty for all parties involved than the conflict that has characterized the past.
 
In Achieving Tongass Advisory Committee Recommendations, a briefing paper released in May 2017, the TTC offers a reflection on progress made to date on several projects, initiated and implemented by a variety of individuals and entities, that align closely with the TAC recommendations.
 
A copy of the briefing paper can be found here: http://www.merid.org/tongassimplementation/Press_and_News.aspx