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Forest service, Sitka restore gold mining site in land swap

...flooded when the Blue Lake dam was raised and the reservoir overflowed.Sitka Conservation Society executive director Andrew Thoms says the agency helped the city and Forest Service officials agree on a plan for the clean-up.Land involved in the...
Group meeting to aid in Tongass transition

...out how land and resource management can sustain and benefit communities while also conserving intact ecosystems," Andrew Thoms, executive director of the Sitka Conservation Society and a member of the committee said. "It is natural that this...
Sealaska to log parcels on POW Island, Cleveland Peninsula

...quit losing so much of our infrastructure that helps support the forest industry here in Southeast," Nichols said.Andrew Thoms, director of the Sitka Conservation Society, said he hoped Sealaska would sell timber to regional mills rather than...
Sitka Conservation Society stands behind Forest Service budget proposal

...Service, hoping the community's integration with the forest will be considered in the budget talks. Executive director Andrew Thoms said the Forest Service is often the first to take a lot of criticism on their actions, but many of the programs are...
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Sitka couple accepts honor for Tongass conservation group

...Conservation Act of 1980. "This honor is an accumulation of a life's work for them," said SCS Executive Director Andrew Thoms. "Back then, no one was thinking about this kind of thing. They were grassroots people and looked at their natural...
Magazine seeks 'truth' about Tongass

...because of their range of experience and range of understanding of the issues and the way the landscape functions," said Andrew Thoms, executive director of the conservation group. The magazine article, while hailed by environmental groups, has received...
Coast Guard turns to wood for heat

...have signed a memorandum of understanding. The island consumes about a half-million gallons of fuel oil a year, but Andrew Thoms, executive director of the Sitka Conservation Society, said the amount of wood needed to replace that shouldn't...
Sealaska Native corporation's land transfer near Redoubt Lake to go forward this summer

...private hands has raised strong concerns among some locals. "This is an absolute tragedy that this is happening," said Andrew Thoms, director of the Sitka Conservation Society. "It's absolutely unethical that that land could be transferred from...
Various users brainstorm on Tongass forest plans

...collaborations. "My organization is 40 years old, and we've worked against the Forest Service for most of that time," said Andrew Thoms, executive director of the Sitka Conservation Society. Now his group and the Forest Service are building a log cabin...


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