A bill to fund the federal government emerged Wednesday night in Congress, and environmental groups are celebrating that it does not include policy riders to advance old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest.
“We spent 23 years together in Alaska and just having an opportunity to come back and re-engage with folks and work on Alaska issues has just been a dream of mine,” said incoming Regional Forester David Schmid.
Tony Tooke’s resignation, which is effective immediately, came days after PBS NewsHour reported that the U.S. Agriculture Department was investigating sexual misconduct complaints against him.
“We’ve seen 8,000 positions across the agency that we have essentially shifted from either providing services, forest management (or) recreation management to fire suppression,” said U.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Chris French.
A gigantic piece of rock fell Dec. 30, 2016 from a cliff at the head of Cowee Creek, north of Juneau. A 30-foot high wave rolled down the creek, downing 1500 trees and scouring the shoreline in a 300-foot wide swath down the valley.
If you go hiking in the Juneau area, you might find some rocks that look a little different. A national hobby of painting designs on small rocks and hiding them for others to find has made its way to Alaska.
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.
A hydrologist’s marker dye is unlikely, but there are a variety of biological processes that could be responsible for discoloration of the pond that’s located about 4 miles down the Herbert Glacier trail.
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.
A fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered in Southeast. But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped.