Biologists say Alaska’s known population of Aleutian terns has declined more than 90% since 1960.
The goal is to mimic natural processes to bring back topsoil and improve fish habitats.
Cube Cove is on the northwest side of Admiralty Island. The area was heavily logged – mostly by clear cut – in the 1980s and 90s.
The 62-foot vessel was built in 1925 and spent decades patrolling the waters of what’s now known as the Tongass National Forest.
It’s one of the first sales to focus on second growth logging, following a federal plan to stop cutting down old growth trees.
The U.S. Forest Service says one of Southeast’s best bear-viewing sites has been under-utilized for decades, but the agency is updating infrastructure and re-tooling visitor permits to increase access.
On Friday the Biden administration announced Nov. 23 as the start date for its formal process to reinstate the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest.
The tree’s placement at the governor’s mansion coincides with the Christmas season, but it’s meant to represent more than just one winter holiday.
Eventually, the forests evolve into old growth with a healthy ecosystem that is better for wildlife. But it takes a very, very long time.
Alaska is among more than two dozen Republican-led states that filed lawsuits Friday to challenge the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers.