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Visions of a quick switch

...greatest potential of being able to transition more quickly."Geos Institute submitted a letter to US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting a quick transition from old-growth to young-growth logging. The letter cities the...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-28/visions-quick-switch
Local
Southeast AK village sues over nonrural status

...and Agriculture departments. The defendants named in the complaint are Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Agriculture Secretary and subsistence board chairman Tim Towarak.Department of Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said Monday her...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-05/southeast-ak-village-sues-over-nonrural
State
Southeast Alaska village sues over nonrural status

...Interior and Agriculture departments. The defendants named in the complaint are Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary and subsistence board chairman Tim Towarak.Department of Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said Monday her...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-04/southeast-alaska-village-sues-over-nonr
State
Governor asks feds to buy surplus salmon

...that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week. He wants the USDA to purchase $37 million worth of canned pink salmon under a federal...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-27/governor-asks-feds-buy-surplus-salmon
State
Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

...1998. Meanwhile, the number of workers who manage National Forest System lands has dropped by about a third.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said accommodating the rapid rise in firefighting costs has harmed an array of conservation efforts...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-21/report-firefighting-costs-eroding-conse
State
My Turn: Tongass officials should look to the future

...environmental consequences. Controversial logging of roadless areas is no longer necessary. These facts allowed Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to envision the end of old growth logging on the Tongass. That goal now drives the process to amend the...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-07-07/my-turn
Opinion
Forest Service will get public's help as it drafts logging plan for Tongass

...Wrangell has closed," he said. "The remaining industry has struggled to stay alive."U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is "desiring us to get out of old growth and into young growth," Cole said. "Because of conflicts...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-05-23/forest-service-will-get-publics-help-it
Local
Letter: Tongass plan 'doomed from the start'

...representative. The timber industry, Native corporations and the government have multiple representatives. Apparently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack does not feel bound by law to include subsistence in this "new chapter in collaborative management...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-06-18/letter-tongass-plan-doomed-start
Letters
Conservationists look to end old-growth logging

...the Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society - signed on to two letters recently sent to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The letters call on Vilsack to reconsider the Big Thorne timber sale, which would allow over 6...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-29/conservationists-look-end-old-growth-lo
State
Ag. Secretary Vilsack Announces New Timber Plan for Tongass

A plan that could drastically change the timber industry in Southeast was announced today by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The plan outlines steps to be taken by the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-07-03/ag-secretary-announce-new-timber-plan-t
State

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