ACTION ALERT: Comment Period for the Central Tongass "Project"

The heart of the Tongass is threatened by the Central Tongass Project. Please take a stand before the September 16th deadline.

We urge you to submit written comments or testify on the CTP Draft EIS during the 45-day comment period, ending at midnight on September 16, 2019. Download the Defender’s action alert for more information and talking points.

Northern Kupreanof Island. Photo:  Colin Arisman .

Northern Kupreanof Island. Photo: Colin Arisman.

The comment period is now open on the Forest Service’s proposed Central Tongass Project (CTP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). In truth, the project is a huge timber sale and road construction boondoggle. We ask you to submit comments requesting selection of the no-action alternative and cessation of any further planning for this destructive project.

A two part radio commentary by Alaska Rainforest Defenders aired recently on Petersburg's KFSK, located in the heart of the proposed project area, and offers additional context to this Action Alert.


If approved, the Forest Service would provide the timber industry with nearly a quarter billion board feet of primarily old-growth and some second-growth timber, on up to 13,500 acres of logging units, to be cut over the next 15 years. This devastation would occur on Mitkof, Kupreanof, Kuiu, Wrangell, Zarembo and Etolin Islands and the adjacent mainland.

The forest landscape in this part of the Tongass is already heavily fragmented, both naturally and from decades of industrial scale logging. The logging activity would include construction of about 118 miles of new logging roads, despite the project area already having almost 1,200 miles1 of poorly maintained national forest roads. In an attempt to sell this travesty to the public, the Forest Service has packaged this destructive activity with a minor amount of largely unfunded recreation improvements and watershed restoration—and have innocuously labeled it a "project" instead of a "timber sale project."


WAYS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS OR TESTIFY

Comments can be submitted by these means:

  1. Online at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=53098

  2. By FAX to: (907) 772-5995

  3. By email to: commentsalaska-tongass-petersburg@fs.fed.us