Tag Archives: Tongass

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.

Development group pushes new Tongass approach

Second- or young-growth trees cover a Tongass National Forest hillside in southern Southeast Alaska. A proposal from the Southeast Conference could use newer forested areas to replace old-growth habitat. (CoastAlaska News photo.)The Southeast Conference wants to change the way the Tongass National Forest is managed.

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.

Sealaska bill going before Senate lands panel

The revised Sealaska land bill will have its first Senate hearing on Thursday.