White Sulphur Springs Bathhouse, Cabin & Trail Project Information Requested

Comments are being taken on or before January 16th at the
Sitka Ranger Office
Attn: Annemarie LaPalme
204 Siginaka Way
Sitka, AK 99835 or
email comments to : comments-alaska-tongass-sitka@fs.fed.us
email request for more information to alapalme@fs.fed.us

A decision made by Forrest Cole, Forest Supervisor on the Tongass National Forest concerning White Sulphur Springs Bathhouse, Cabing and Trail project signed on August 10, 2011, has been modified. White Sulphur Springs is located on Sitka Ranger District in the West Chichagof/Yakobi Wilderness. Appeals submitted during the 45 day appeal period suggested need for additional analysis. Forrest Cole and Sitka District Ranger Carol Goularte met with six apellants with standing to discuss a resolution to their appeals regarding removing the bathhouse. Appeals were withdrawn after several points were agreed upon by the appellants and the Forest Supervisor. The bathhouse removal component has been withdrawn from the decision until further information/analysis is completed concerning:
1.) emergency use of bathhouse as a shelter
2.) historical, traditional and cultural use of the bathhouse
This information will be collected and incorporated as a supplement to the environmental analysis.
A new decision concerning the bathhouse is anticipated to be made in the spring of 2012. Other components of the current decision including replacing the cabin, woodshed, and outhouse and rebuilding the trail are being implemented as funding allows. Work will begin this coming field season. The existing bathhouse has been closed for use until further notice due to the poor structural condition of the building.If you are interested in providing information about the bathhouse use for emergency, historic, traditional, or cultural use, you can do it by using the address above.

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