A Washington, D.C., environmental group is accusing the Tongass National Forest of breaking its own timber-sale rules.
Streams and watersheds in the Petersburg area are among those placed off-limits to old growth logging in an amendment to the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan released in December.
About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with plans to update its management plan for the Chugach National Forest on the eastern part of the Kenai Peninsula.
Both the industry and environmental groups on either side of the Tongass Land Management Plan amendment can agree on one thing: the Forest Service needs to complete a full inventory of young-growth Tongass timber.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is calling for less confrontation between environmentalists and Alaska’s timber industry. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Gov. Bill Walker’s lead on timber issues in Southeast Alaska discussed timber policy, the state budget and where he disagrees with Walker while in Ketchikan on Wednesday. Mallot said there is plenty of blame…
The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a case that could have expanded logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.
The transition started early in the Obama administration. There could be at least three more presidents before it becomes a full reality.
“People stayed at the table and worked through, compromised, and really did a commendable job of handling a very difficult topic,” says Les Cronk, a committee co-chair and a timber industry representative.
Lockheed says someday fire crews might climb into an unmanned aircraft for emergency evacuation.