Forest Service reschedules meeting on Southeast Alaska timber sales

Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest (Creative Commons photo by Henry Hartley)

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing more planning time for a series of controversial timber sales that could take place on Prince of Wales Island.

The agency worked on the project during the partial government shutdown, which drew sharp criticism from environmental groups.

A public meeting was announced and then canceled within the same week in January.

Now, the Forest Service has rescheduled that meeting for Feb. 20 in Klawock.

Buck Lindekugel from the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council opposes large-scale logging on these lands. But he’s pleased the Forest Service is taking longer to consider his objections.

“They should have extended it, and they shouldn’t have been working on this when the government was shut down the first time,” Lindekugel said.

An email from the regional forester says that February meeting date is firm — even if another government shutdown happens again.

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