The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) manages two national forests in Alaska (Tongass and Chugach), located in the southeast and central portions of the state. The USFS drop-down plan for Alaska helps the agency identify a minimum road network necessary to sustain recreational activities, resource utilization, and critical links to local communities. Because these National Forest transportation facilities (i.e., mostly roads and trails) provide the framework for local access, especially in southeast Alaska, the USFS plays a unique and critical role in connecting the small communities to each other and to other parts of the state. This plan provides analysis to inform transportation funding decisions consistent with agency goals and objectives, such that projects are implemented that are the most effective in achieving desired future conditions.

The following goals were developed for the USFS drop-down plan for Alaska and will guide future transportation decisions:

  • Provide a sustainable transportation program to satisfy current and future land management needs in the face of a changing climate
  • Leverage resources to enhance benefits to transportation system users
  • Provide safe, efficient, affordable, and agency-appropriate access to and through National Forest System lands
  • Proactively enhance the Alaskan multimodal transportation system experience, community connectivity and access to and through National Forest System Lands
  • Protect and enhance natural and cultural resources through comprehensive transportation planning and management

 

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