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.
The 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.
Some conservationists want President Obama’s climate change agenda to include Southeast Alaska’s rain forest.
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.
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.
Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee are unhappy with Forest Service efforts to speed up their work.
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.
A top Forest Service official says fewer unprocessed logs will be sold overseas under a transition to harvesting younger trees.
Alaska will continue its court battle against a U.S. Forest Service policy that blocks logging in undeveloped areas of national forests.
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.