Tag Archives: Tongass national Forest

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Part of the Tongass National Forest, on mainland between Wrangell and Petersburg, is seen in this view from an airplane. A Senate measure calls for the state to take over some Tongass timberlands. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)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.

Stedman: Pushing bills over the line in session’s final hours

State Sen. Bert Stedman speaks at a press conference in March. (File photo)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.

Forest Service extends fire warning to all of Southeast

tongass map - usfsA fire warning for parts of northern Southeast has been expanded to the whole region.

Court: Reinstate Tongass roadless rule exemption

tongass map - usfsA federal appeals court issued an opinion saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Panel will target Tongass plan rewrite, timber transition

A dog explores part of the Tongass National Forest's Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island, part of Juneau. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan.

Can logging switch to second-growth sooner?

6-10 Logged area N of AngoonCan 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.

Forest compromise group ends work

A logged area of Admiralty Island sandwiched between stands of old-growth forest regrows. Logging and environmental protection were among the issues the Tongass Futures Roundtable tried to address.The Tongass Futures Roundtable is shutting down. The organization tried to resolve Southeast Alaska forest-issue conflicts.