Month: February 2008

Assembly ousts long-range planning chairman

With little discussion, the Sitka assembly last night (Tue 2-26-08) removed Jim “Steff” Steffen from the Long Range Planning Commission.
The move marked the second ouster of a high profile commission chair in the last year. Planning & Zoning chair Pat Hughes was replaced last April.

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Sealaska Corporation amends lands transfer bill

Southeast Alaska’s regional Native Corporation, Sealaska, is making major changes to a controversial lands transfer bill.
While the Sitka Tribe of Alaska has endorsed the bill, the legislation has met significant opposition from the wider Sitka community.
Hoping to earn broader support, Sealaska has withdrawn its claims to two land selections within the Sitka Community Use Area and is doing away with 15-mile access zones around Native Enterprise Sites.

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Interview: TLMP an important tool for diverse management

The so-called TLMP "adjustment" was the direct result of a 2005 ruling from the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which found that the Forest Service had significantly overestimated the market demand for Tongass timber. Tongass supervisor Forrest Cole talks with CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld about how he believes the amended plan remains a vital tool for diverse management (for the environmental perspective see the interview with Andrew Thoms).

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Interview: TLMP amendment a "missed opportunity"

This January the Forest Service released the first major revision of the Tongass Land Management Plan in a decade. The conservation community is disappointed in the amended plan, and believes the Forest Service missed a chance to reassess its management strategy in a new economy where timber plays a far smaller role than in the past. Sitka Conservation Society director Andrew Thoms speaks with KCAWs Robert Woolsey (for the Forest Service perspective, see the interview with forest supervisor Forrest Cole).

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