Tag Archives: Tongass

Sealaska land-selection bill passes Congress

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska has passed Congress. It's attached to a defense-spending act, which is on its way to the President’s desk.

USFS: Transition means fewer unmilled logs

Robert Bonnie, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for natural resources and the environment, talks about the Tongass transition during a press conference Nov. 19, 2014. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A top Forest Service official says fewer unprocessed logs will be sold overseas under a transition to harvesting younger trees.

State’s roadless rule lawsuit reactivated

Sport fishermen cast lines at Blind Slough, a Tongass National Forest site near Petersburg. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska will continue its court battle against a U.S. Forest Service policy that blocks logging in undeveloped areas of national forests.

Is the Tongass key to slowing climate change?

A clearcut north of Angoon is green with small second-growth trees. Environmental groups are calling for an end to old-growth clearcuts. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)The Tongass National Forest is in the crosshairs of environmental organizations again. Two large coalitions are pressuring the Obama administration to stop all old-growth logging, in part to fight climate change.

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.

Measure calls for Tongass timber transfer

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)Legislation urging the state to take over some Tongass National Forest lands is attracting questions and opposition.

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.

2008 Tongass plan to be reviewed, amended

Warm, dry, windy weather is putting parts of northern Southeast at risk of fire. (Map courtesy PBS.org)The Forest Service has decided to make changes in its Tongass land management plan.