Southeast

Craig meeting attracts Sealaska bill critics

Most of the approximately 20 people speaking at Tuesday, Feb 22nd’s Craig community meeting on the Sealaska land-selection bill opposed parts of the measure. Some worried about damage to subsistence or commercial fisheries. Others were concerned about the future of Forest Service timber harvests. But most said the bill had improved since the last meeting…

Sealaska Lands Bill Part 5 – Future Sites

The Sealaska Lands legislation would transfer ownership of dozens of parcels in the Tongass National Forest to the regional Native corporation for economic development. The company wants to use these Native future sites for eco-tourism, energy and transportation development. Residents and business-owners using these lands are worried about the potential impact on some of their…

Sealaska Lands Bill Part 2 – Timber Industry

If the Sealaska lands bill doesn’t clear Congress, the corporation says it could be forced to shutter its Southeast timber operations in three years. Many industry insiders say those operations are pivotal in keeping Southeast’s remaining mills and loggers working. Some say they’d also like to see Sealaska mill more of the trees it cuts…

Sealaska Lands Bill Part 1 – Why?

The New Year will bring a new fight over Sealaska’s lands-selection legislation. The bill, which will be reintroduced in the new Congress, could determine the future of tens of thousands of acres of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Backers say the measure will revitalize a troubled timber industry and help villages struggling to sustain their…

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