Tongass Advisory Committee Update

Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo was selected for the 15-member committee representing Alaska Native corporation interests. "I am happy to bring my understanding of young growth management and harvest from my work at Sealaska,” said Araujo. "I am also participating to ensure that second growth activities on the National Forest provide opportunities to support community vitality through jobs and the injection of capital into local economies, while also being mindful of cultural, social and environmental considerations."

The US Forest Service (USFS) is examining how to transition its timber program, which depends on old growth timber sales, to young growth. As a result, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) was established. The group’s charter outlines that the committee will make recommendations for developing an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable forest management strategy for young growth.

The TAC met September 10-12, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. This meeting provided an opportunity for the USFS to share important information with TAC members and established the working groups.

TAC heard presentations on:

  • The process for forest plan amendments
  • The young growth land base in the Tongass
  • Tongass Wide Young Growth Studies (TWYGS)
  • Operational challenges for young growth harvest

TAC members organized into three groups that will provide recommendations on:

  • The young growth land base
  • The standards and guides for young growth use and management
  • The purpose and need statement for the plan amendment

Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo was selected for the 15-member committee representing Alaska Native corporation interests. "I am happy to bring my understanding of young growth management and harvest from my work at Sealaska,” said Araujo. "I am also participating to ensure that second growth activities on the National Forest provide opportunities to support community vitality through jobs and the injection of capital into local economies, while also being mindful of cultural, social and environmental considerations."

The next TAC meeting is scheduled for October 8-10, 2014, in Klawock, Alaska. The meeting will include field trips to local mills and to see young growth stands and management. There will be a public comment opportunity during the meeting.

Tongass Advisory Committee Charts a Path for Developing Recommendations for Forest Management on the Tongass

Tongass Advisory Committee Charter

About the Tongass Advisory Committee

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