Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass, as the U.S. Forest Service tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees.
The last five days of the 28th legislature were a scramble to get bills out the door. Two items of particular interest to the residents of Sen. Bert Stedman’s district passed -- literally in the eleventh hour. Stedman met recently with KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz to cover some of the major issues of the session.
A fire warning for parts of northern Southeast has been expanded to the whole region.
A federal appeals court issued an opinion saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.
The Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan.
Can Southeast’s timber industry survive while only logging second-growth forests? An Oregon research group says it can. And it could happen sooner than many expect.
The Tongass Futures Roundtable is shutting down. The organization tried to resolve Southeast Alaska forest-issue conflicts.