January 2012 Project Update

It has been a busy first month of the year for our Angoon Airport EIS team! As we reported in December, the team is composing the chapters of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and in particular, evaluating the possible effects of the different proposed airport alternatives on Angoon's resources. Our EIS writers use large amounts of data that have been previously collected and summarized in our Technical Reports. In January, we posted two additional reports to the website - Socioeconomics and Land Use. You can read these reports yourself by following these links, and review the information that is used by our team to complete the Draft EIS.

In our December Monthly Update, we introduced two of our EIS team members. We will continue to profile team members in the coming months. This month, we were excited to launch the Angoon Airport EIS Facebook Page!

Not all EIS projects maintain a Facebook Page. The decision to create and launch one for the Angoon Airport EIS came out of our informal meetings and conversations with Angoon community members. On our last visit to Angoon before the winter weather set in, we asked people for their opinions on the best way to keep in touch with the community when we are not able to visit in person. While we send out email and website announcements, and mail hard-copies of newsletters and flyers, we wondered if there was anything else the team could be doing to keep up with our relationships and conversations. Some members of the community told us "Try Facebook! Many of us are on Facebook." We were pleased and grateful for the idea, and very excited at the possibility of keeping in touch using social media.

If you are not able to access Facebook, rest assured that all of the information about the EIS that is posted there is also available on our website. Our hope is that you will show us you have visited by hitting the "Like" button, and share thoughts or questions on our posts.

I am excited to be starting a new and productive year for the Angoon Airport EIS project. If you have any questions or ideas to share, please call me at (907) 271-5453 or e-mail me at Leslie.Grey@faa.gov.

Wishing you a wonderful start to 2012!

Best regards,

Leslie Grey

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