The U.S. Forest Service won’t be facilitating a controversial old growth timber sale in the Tongass National Forest. At least, not in the immediate future. The agency received zero bids on the Kuiu Island timber sale before its closing deadline on Tuesday.
The forest service tried to sell these trees in 2016, but did not receive any offers back then either — even after all of the wood was approved for export.
The agency made changes to this latest version of the sale, reducing it by half and removing some of the more sensitive watershed areas.
But, the sale still faces a lawsuit filed by conservation groups and a tour company over its outdated environmental analysis.
One of the plaintiffs in the case says old growth logging in the Tongass is a practice that needs to end.
- Roughly 70 Alaskans testified against Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts Friday night in Juneau. No one testified in favor of the range of budget cuts the governor proposed.
Governor’s team contrasts 10-year plan and alternatives, but House speaker says message is ill-timedThe plan looks at what the state would spend over the next 10 years if the Legislature adopts all of Dunleavy’s spending proposals -- and if lawmakers and Alaskans amend the state constitution to limit spending.
- "We’re certainly pleased with the settlement," the head of the cruise industry association said. "It’s really an opportunity for all of us in the cruise industry and the community of Juneau to move forward."
- Although the famous blue caverns from several years ago have disappeared, word of a new cave spread over social media this winter and brought crowds to the glacier. But while hiking to the cave is a remarkable experience, it also comes with some risk.