Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The first phase of the effort to come up with an Alaska specific Roadless Rule is coming to an end with the deadline for public comment this Monday, October 15.
Chad Van Ormer, the director for Ecosystem Planning and Budget for the Alaska Region of the U. S. Forest Service, said on Action Line that they've been busy over the last month and a half putting together public meetings.
He said written comments can be submitted via the Alaska Region website at www.fs.usda.gov/r10 There's a link there to the Alaska Roadless Rule that will lead to instructions on how to submit comment. Comment can also be submitted to the agency's Juneau office.
The process was commenced in response to the request by the State of Alaska to be exempted from the Roadless Rule.
Van Ormer explained that after they review public comment and complete their content analysis they will move into developing alternatives around what was provided by the comments. At that point, the alternatives will then go into an environmental effects analysis as a draft environmental impact statement is formulated.
Another round of public meetings will occur upon completion of that process which Van Ormer said is planned for June or July of 2019.