On Monday, Nov. 4, the U.S. Forest Service kicked off an 11-day series of public meetings throughout Southeast Alaska to address the service's draft environmental impact statement alternatives on removing protections for 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest.

The service is not accepting formal comments at the meetings, but locals are encouraged to attend to ask questions and provide input to federal officials on local use of the roadless areas for recreation, jobs and culture.

The alternatives in the draft range from no action to the removal of the Tongass from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The Department of Agriculture has identified Alternative 6, which is a full exemption, as its preferred alternative. A final decision is expected in 2020.

Monday, Nov. 4

JUNEAU

5 – 7 p.m. — Public Meeting

Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, 320 Willoughby Ave., Room #1

Tuesday, Nov. 5

KETCHIKAN

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. —Subsistence Hearing

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center 50 Main St.

YAKUTAT

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

ANB Hall

TENAKEE SPRINGS

10 – 11:30 a.m. — Public Meeting

12 – 2 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Community Center

Wednesday, Nov. 6

CRAIG

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Craig Tribal Association Hall, 1330 Craig-Klawock Highway

ANCHORAGE

6 – 8 p.m. — Public Meeting

University of Alaska Gorsuch Commons, 3211 Providence Dr., Room #106

WRANGELL

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Nolan Center, 296 Campbell Dr.

Thursday, Nov. 7

GUSTAVUS

Public Meeting

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Gustavus School, Commons

PETERSBURG

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Petersburg Borough, Assembly Chambers

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

KAKE

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Senior Center, 251 Totem Way

Tuesday, Nov. 12

HYDABURG

9 – 10:30 a.m. — Public Meeting

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

City Hall

ANGOON

10 – 11:30 a.m. — Public Meeting

12 – 2 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Angoon Community Association

SITKA

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Centennial Hall King Salmon Room, 330 Harbor Dr.

KASAAN

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Totem Trail Café

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

THORNE BAY

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Thorne Bay Ranger District, 1312 Federal Way

Thursday, Nov. 14

POINT BAKER

10 – 11:30 a.m. — Public Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Point Baker Community Building

HOONAH

5 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Meeting

7 – 9 p.m. — Subsistence Hearing

Hoonah Ranger District, 420 Airport Road

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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