In October 2018, WW urged the Forest Service (FS) to protect and improve the wilderness character of the largest Wilderness Study Area (WSA) in the country—the nearly two million-acre Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA in Alaska.
The Congressionally-designated Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA on the Chugach National Forest in Alaska’s western Prince William Sound is an ecological and scenic treasure of ancient rainforest, wild salmon, remote islands, and stunning mountains and glaciers.
The FS’s Draft Land and Resource Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest (NF) in Alaska is an improvement over its 2016 proposed plan. However, WW is urging the FS to strengthen the current proposed Forest Plan with the following changes:
In 2016, WW urged the Forest Service to:
• keep its longstanding promise to protect the wild character of the entire WSA until Congress finalizes its protection;
• recommend the 1.9 million eligible acres of the WSA and surrounding roadless lands eligible for wilderness designation as Wilderness;
• not abandon protection for the nearly 600,000 acres it proposes to eliminate from the WSA;
• reverse its recommendation to split the Wilderness Study Area into two smaller units; and
• prohibit recreational snowmobile use in the WSA.
Photo: Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA by Frank Kovalchek