The number of such deaths last year was more than double the figure in 2013.
While the damage can seem drastic to onlookers, entomologist Elizabeth Graham says the majority of trees will survive and possibly even thrive as a result.
State labor safety officials said Friday they are investigating the death of a Craig man killed at a commercial logging operation in the Ratz Bay area on Prince of Wales Island.
Opponents say the Baby Brown project threatens biodiversity in upper Chilkat Valley.
The Forest Service says the small sale program aligns with the Biden administration’s sustainability strategy for Southeast Alaska.
The practical effect of Thursday’s announcement would be to freeze any remaining old growth timber sales except for those used in small scale salvage projects for cultural use by Alaska Native tribes and others.
Lumber prices soared during the pandemic, sparking inflation fears. Just as quickly, prices then dropped, but that’s not the end of the story.
Eng replaces outgoing state forester Chris Maisch, who served for 21 years before retiring in February.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a regulatory notice that it plans to “repeal or replace” a Trump administration regulation from October that removed Roadless Rule restrictions in the Tongass.
The price of lumber has more than doubled over the last year, and economists warn that trend may last.