December 2015 Meeting

Sunny Point Ball Room, Best Western Plus Landing Hotel

3434 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska

On December 1-3, 2015, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) held its ninth, and possibly, final meeting in Ketchikan, Alaska

Meeting Objectives

  • Reviewed Proposed Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • Decided whether or not to amend the package of draft recommendations that was approved in May 2015
  • Finalized TAC input regarding the Implementation and Monitoring Council 

Meeting Times

  1. Tuesday, December 1, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  2. Wednesday, December 2, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  3. Thursday, December 3, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Meeting Materials

December Meeting Agenda

May 2015 Draft Recommendations Document

Proposed Forest Plan and DEIS: The Tongass National Forest Proposed Plan Amendment site includes draft documents and maps for the proposed Tongass National Forest Land & Resource Management Plan (Proposed Forest Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). For an overview of what is included in these documents, please see the Letter from the Forest Supervisor, included on that page.

TAC Recommendations Draft – May 11, 2015: This document details the Tongass Advisory Committee’s consensus recommendations about how to transition the Forest’s timber management program from a focus on old growth to predominantly young growth management in a way that is economically viable for the existing industry, while recognizing and balancing the other unique and equally important resource values of the Tongass. The Tongass National Forest Interdisciplinary Team used this document as the basis for translating the Committee’s recommendations into a draft alternative for the proposed Land & Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. (Please note: This document is the unformatted version of the TAC’s Final Draft Recommendations document. While the appearance of the two documents differ, no substantive changes were made.)

Addressing the TAC Recommendations – November 19, 2015: This document outlines how the Tongass Interdisciplinary Team addressed the TAC recommendations. Please note: To facilitate tracking please refer to the line numbers included in the TAC Recommendations document (linked above) – it is best to review them in tandem.

Tongass National Forest Plan Monitoring Program, V3.5, June 2015

Tongass National Forest Modification of Plan Monitoring Program To Meet the Requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule Project Summary 

TAC Recommendations Final Report with track changes 12022015

Meeting Summary and Audio Files

December 2015 TAC Meeting Summary (posted 1/26/2016)

Audio Recordings of December Meeting

The audio recording of the December 2015 TAC Meeting is available for download through the links below. The links will direct you to an online service, WeTransfer, which will allow you to download the files as a single zip file. (Please note: due to large file size, the download time may be up to an hour or longer.) After downloading and unzipping the files, you should have access to a series files, one for each day of the meeting. We apologize if any portions of the meeting were not recorded – this was not intentional. We captured as much as possible, with limited technological capabilities. In addition, the sound quality is not ideal, but we find that using headphones can help with hearing the dialogue from the meeting. If you have difficulty accessing the files, please contact Liz Duxbury at lduxbury@merid.org.

December 1: Click here for audio file

December 2: Click here for audio file

December 3: Click here for audio file 

Final Recommendations Document

Tongass Advisory Committee Final Recommendations Document - posted 12/17/2015

This document details the Tongass Advisory Committee’s consensus on a comprehensive package of recommendations about how to transition the Forest’s timber management program from a focus on old growth to predominantly young growth management in a way that is economically viable for the existing industry, while recognizing and balancing the other unique and equally important resource values of the Tongass. The Committee finalized their recommendations during their December 2015 meeting in Ketchikan, with few substantive changes from the draft submitted in May 2015. (To see the changes made during the December TAC meeting, see the TAC recommendations with tracked changes, here.)

Tongass Advisory Committee Cover Letter to Secretary Vilsack, December 15, 2015: In this letter, the TAC presents its final recommendations and comments to Secretary Vilsack.

Tongass Advisory Committee Comments to the USFS, December 2, 2015: This document includes the TAC’s comments and suggested changes to the Tongass Proposed Land & Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Tongass Advisory Committee Final Recommendations Document - posted 12/17/2015