The state spent the money in a variety of ways, but it drew criticism from tribal governments and environmental groups for offering some of the funds to the Alaska Forest Association.
For one Juneau-based guide, it’s a way to teach his guests about the importance of the Tongass National Forest at a crucial time.
Environmental groups increasingly tried to get the word out to encourage people to weigh-in. Those conversations have taken place in physical spaces and also, increasingly, online.
The state of Alaska used more than $200,000 of that federal grant money, typically designated for fire prevention, to pay an industry group for more perspective on economic timber sales.
Two Congress members want to know why a grant, typically used to prevent wildfires, was given to the state of Alaska to work on this.
The first in a series of public meetings happened in Juneau Monday night at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.
The Trump Administration is seeking a full exemption from the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest. But one logging company says the industry is facing another challenge: Chinese tariffs.
The agency said a Roadless Rule exemption would allow more “flexibility” in how the nation’s largest national forest is managed.
Tourism operators in Southeast say they plan to continue pushing back against further development in the Tongass National Forest following this week’s news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to fully exempt the region from the Roadless Rule.
U.S. Forest Service is seeking a full exemption of the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.