November 2013 Monthly Project Update

For those of us in northern climates, winter is officially here! We had our first "big" storm last weekend in Anchorage with more on the way, and I know that Southeast Alaska has had some snow too. I love this time of year, and I hope you're enjoying the change in the seasons, too.

The Angoon Airport EIS team has reached a major milestone. An internal draft of the EIS has been sent out to state and federal agencies, the Angoon Community Association, Kootznoowoo, Inc., and the City of Angoon for an early review. It's a standard part of developing an EIS to release a draft to agencies and tribes before it goes to the general public. This review is very important to the process because it allows these entities to provide comments on analysis and conclusions for which they have special expertise or legal jurisdiction. For example, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is consulted for effects to special status species. Other entities such as U.S. Forest Service and Kootznoowoo, Inc. review for potential effects to lands they manage. This ensures that concerns of key stakeholders are addressed before the document goes to the public.

After we receive comments from all the early reviewers, our next step will be working with these entities to resolve any comments they have on this draft. Once this step is complete, the draft EIS will be finalized and provided to the public for comment. I am very excited about how far we have come and eager to share the EIS with you. For now, here's a preview of the cover.

Draft EIS Cover

I also wanted to use this update to let you know that I will be out of the office from November 18 through December 22, 2013. During this time, Mike Edelmann will be FAA's acting project manager. Should you have any questions during this time, he can be reached at 907-271-5026 or Amanda Childs, the consultant project manager, is also available to respond to questions. Amanda can be reached by email at or 503-224-0333, extension 6256.

I wish you all a peaceful holiday season!

Best regards,

Leslie Grey

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