Socioeconomic and Subsistence Analysis of Proposed Kenai Peninsula Sale Program in the Chugach National Forest

Consumptive use of living marine and terrestrial resources is common throughout rural Alaska, where the economies of many households involve income from a variety of sources along with the products of fishing, hunting, gathering, and trapping. Such activities often occur on public lands such as state and federally managed forests. When public policy allows for timber development in such areas, an environmental assessment process is initiated to examine any potentially deleterious environmental and social impacts. This study contributed to an improved understanding of subsistence activities commonly undertaken on public lands along the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska, and to analysis of the potential effects of timber development on subsistence activities undertaken in the region.