The location of some of the work has been hotly debated, because it’s happening on Prince of Wales Island land that’s slated for a controversial timber sale.
A timber group was paid more than $200,000 out of a federal grant to provide more industry perspective on a potential Roadless Rule exemption for Alaska.
Eventually, it will be up to the U.S. Forest Service to choose one of four options, which represent a spectrum of ideas about how the Tongass should be managed.
Gov. Walker’s advisory panel is looking at where roads could be built inside the Tongass National Forest. But more than two dozen people testified at a hearing in Juneau against the idea.
There have been numerous attempts recently to sidestep U.S. Forest Service management of the Tongass National Forest.
The state just sold timber from its Southeast Alaska forest to the region’s largest mill. It’s part of a multi-agency effort to keep the area’s logging industry alive. But some say it’s time to let it go.
The state is again trying to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s roadless rule. Officials appealed a court decision that threw out an earlier state challenge.
A Ketchikan company has been awarded a $2.6-million sale of second-growth timber on an island in Southeast Alaska. The state of Alaska prepared and awarded the contract for logging on federal land on Kosciusko Island under an agreement with the federal government.
If the objection letters are any indication, several agencies and groups are still not content for different reasons.
Owners of Southeast Alaska’s largest remaining lumber mill say it could close next year. It’s part of an ongoing battle over logging in the Tongass National Forest.