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Tongass Transition Collaborative

External Project Site: www.merid.org/tongassimplementation
Related: Environment and Natural Resources

The Tongass Transition Collaborative (TTC) is a diverse group of stakeholders concerned with management of the Tongass National Forest, who have come together to help the Forest achieve a successful transition to primarily young growth forest based management.

In December 2015, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) achieved consensus on a comprehensive package of recommendations regarding an amendment to the Tongass National Forest Plan and implementation strategies to make the transition from old growth to primarily young growth timber management in a way that is ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable. Following this agreement, several members of the Committee formed the Tongass Transition Collaborative to track progress toward implementation of the recommendations.‚Äč

The purpose of the TTC is to give communities, stakeholders, other landowners, and partners a way to work constructively with the Forest Service to speed the transition away from old-growth timber harvesting and towards a forest industry that utilizes second growth in a way that preserves a viable timber industry that provides jobs and opportunities for residents of Southeast Alaska. It will accomplish this by: tracking and supporting progress of the implementation, monitoring, and investment recommendations outlined by the TAC; supporting timber management and business practices that enable the transition to young growth, with particular emphasis on achieving co-intent management objectives on young growth stands; defining and monitoring indicators of success for the transition; promoting a more inclusive and transparent Forest Service culture; and advocating for investments necessary for achieving transition goals.

Meridian supports the TTC with meeting scheduling and logistics; planning and agenda development; research and assembling background materials; meeting facilitation; documentation and record-keeping; website maintenance; general correspondence; financial management, including budget preparation, fundraising, and accounting; and other functions as designated by the Steering Committee.