Tag Archives: Tongass

Partnership to boost Alaska trail, cabin repairs

A Trail Mix volunteer moves gravel to a muddy part of Juneau's Lemon Creek Trail. A new agreement means the nonprofit group will expand its work in Alaska's national forests. (Photo courtesy Trail Mix)Alaska’s national forests will see more cabin and trail improvements under a new public-private partnership. A nonprofit group long involved in Juneau maintenance work is increasing its role in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Southeast’s year in review: ferries, logging and mining

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The year 2015 saw the beginnings of major changes to the Alaska Marine Highway, the Tongass National Forest and the possible future of transboundary mines.

Forest service talks trails

A beautiful stream flowing through a temperate rainforest, Tongass National Forest, Sitka, AlaskaThe U.S. Forest Service is trying to learn more about the users of trails and recreation sites in the Tongass National Forest. Mike Mullin, natural resource specialist with the Sitka Ranger District, discussed the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program that every federal forest employs. Downloadable audio.

Study: Tongass forest most resistant to climate change

Sport fishermen cast lines at Blind Slough, a Tongass National Forest site near Petersburg. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Some conservationists want President Obama’s climate change agenda to include Southeast Alaska’s rain forest.

Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

2-17-15 CROPPED Fisherman Kirk Hardcastle and Juneau Assemblymember Kate Troll review a report during the Tongass Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 17 in Juneau.A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

1-20-15 Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo, front row right, describes Tongass land being tranferred to the regional Native corporation under terms of recently-passed legislation. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first parcels cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula.

Tongass committee chafes at early deadline

Industry representative Wade Zammit discusses forest transition issues during a Jan. 20 meeting at Juneau’s Aspen Hotel. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee are unhappy with Forest Service efforts to speed up their work.

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.