The newly formed Tongass Advisory Committee will have its first meeting next week in Ketchikan.
The three-day meeting kicks off on Wednesday with presentations from Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton and Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole.
Committee members include representatives of tribal groups, environmental organizations, the timber industry, federal, state and local governments; commercial users and the general public.
Local members are Richard Peterson of Kasaan; Philip Hyatt and Wayne Benner of Thorne Bay; and Eric Nichols of Ketchikan. Alternate committee members include Leslie Cronk and Jason Custer, both of Ketchikan.
During its meeting, the committee will discuss its purpose, goals, interests, outcomes and vision. Committee members will make recommendations to Tongass National Forest officials, with an emphasis on young-growth forest management.
The committee’s three-day meeting is open to the public.
For the meeting agenda and more information about the TAC, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/TAC.