December 2011 Project Update

While the holiday season is upon us, our Angoon Airport EIS team has been continuing with the task of writing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. These winter months are critical for keeping to our project schedule and meeting our goal of releasing a Draft EIS to the public in the Fall of 2012. In our November Monthly Update, we described the writing process that our team is currently undertaking. This month, I wanted to introduce you to some of our team members that are currently working with me every day to move the project forward.

Amanda Childs, shown below, is my right hand in the daily management of the project, and directs our team of technical experts, writers, and editors. Amanda is an Environmental Planner with many years of experience seeing NEPA projects through to completion. Together we review every aspect of the EIS as it is written to ensure we have met all the necessary requirements. Amanda is shown here working on the EIS from her office in Portland, and she travels to Anchorage for team meetings as well.

Another key member of our team is Brian Brettschneider, shown below just before he rode along on a helicopter flight over Angoon. Brian’s specialty is Geography, and he works on the many maps and other forms of geographic information and data that are necessary for the EIS. Brian also maintains our website ( from his office in Anchorage, making sure the information we provide to the public is accurate and up-to-date.

This month we have released our final newsletter of 2011. The December Newsletter is posted to the website, and provides a summary of what our team learned from our visits and conversations with Angoon community members throughout the year. You can find all of the newsletters published in 2011 on the website under Newsletters and Updates.

I am pleased to be coming to the end of a very productive year for the Angoon Airport EIS project, and thankful for the input and support that we received this year from stakeholders, the Angoon community, the public, and our team.

If you have any questions or ideas to share, please call me at (907) 271-5453 or e-mail me at

I wish you a peaceful holiday season!

Best regards,

Leslie Grey

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