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Interview: Ocean Blvd to model Tongass restoration

SITKA, ALASKA An expert on forest restoration says a controversial thinning project near Sitka is an important first step toward developing a timber industry based on second-growth.
Nick Goulette, the deputy director of the Watershed Research Center in Hayfork, California, believes that “stewardship” sales like Ocean Boulevard have great potential on the Tongass, despite their high cost (an estimated $2,300 per acre).
He was in Sitka in September to meet with the Forest Service about stewardship contracting, which is already at work in lower 48 forests.
Afterwards, he stopped by to discuss the issue with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey
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