Tongass Timber Sale Update: How an endemic species can halt a timber sale

Earlier in September, a press release from the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) was shared with this blog. It opened with: On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to proceed with the Big Thorne timber project. The appeal went to to the next …

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5 Groups Appeal Tongass Timber Sale: 6,000 acres of old-growth would be logged, 46 miles of new roads constructed

The following was sent to me by the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC). If you have any questions about the release and the info contained within it, please contact the GSACC directly. Thanks. – mk On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to …

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Alaska’s chief forester hoodwinks Congress about the Tongass

(The following note and op-ed is from Larry Edwards, a Greenpeace forest campaigner and 36-year Sitka, Alaska resident. – mk) I published the op-ed below today in the Juneau Empire, concerning fundamentally false testimony given at  Senator Wyden’s Senate E&NR Committee hearing on public forests (USFS and BLM) on June 25.  The particular testimony was …

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Tongass Timber Economics 101

By Joseph R. Mehrkens (retired economist) This paper is designed as a briefing paper.  Future revisions and additions will periodically occur.  It will be available on the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community website.  It is the sole product of J.R. Mehrkens and is based primarily on Tongass information collected since 1977 and organized into a …

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Retired Forest Service Economist on Folly of Sealaska Bill

The following piece was written by Joe Mehrkens, a retired Forest Service economist and a former alternate member of the Tongass Futures Roundtable.  We’ve discussed the Sealaska bill on this blog previously. – mk Back in the heydays taxpayers paid a subsidy of $12,000-$36,000 per Tongass timber job. Based on more recent Forest Service accounting …

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Audubon: Implications of Pending Tongass National Forest Land Selections on Forest Diversity

Thank you to reader David Beebe for passing along this new report from Alaska Audubon titled, “High‐grading on the Tongass National Forest: Implications of Pending Land Selections on Forest Diversity.”  The entire Audubon report is available here.  I’ve pasted the report summary below, although that’s also available in PDF form here, with the citations included. …

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