What is the future of timber on the Tongass? That's the daunting question before the Tongass Advisory Committee, which is holding its fifth meeting in Juneau this week. But for some, the most important issues on the Tongass are the ones the committee isn’t supposed to address.
One of 2014’s largest Southeast Alaska issues didn’t even start in the state.
Gov. Parnell hopes to bring natural gas to Alaska's coastal communities. University of Alaska lands office offering two timber sales south of Petersburg. State drafting management plan for Southeast Alaska State Forest. Legislation passes Alaska House expanding tax credit to include herring. Ferry Aurora sailing again.
A collaborative effort involving government, environment and business interests has kept a construction contract in Kake. While it’s a small job, those involved say it’s a model that could be duplicated in other economically-strapped villages.
The era of large-scale logging might be gone from northern Southeast Alaska, but across the region, people are turning to smaller timber sales to earn a living. Officials hope the model can support local economies in the region. And for one family in Tenakee Springs, the effort has paid off.