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Photo: A lot of love for Tongass

U.S. Forest Service officials from left, Pete Griffin, Forrest Cole, and Dennis Neill accept a Valentine's Day card Wednesday from Beth Peluso, media coordinator for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, at the...
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...about 20 percent of this year's Tongass budget, was reallocated last month, according to Forest Service spokesman Dennis Neill. "What they're looking at having to do is balance out the total fire expenditures for the Forest Service fighting...
Conservationists team with Tongass on wildlife, timber

...streams damaged by logging roads and thinning second-growth trees. "We have a long-standing relationship," said Dennis Neill, Tongass National Forest spokesman. The Nature Conservancy has worked with Alaska national forests on prescribed burns...
Greenpeace report calls Tongass 'endangered'; USFS disputes claim

...congressionally designated wilderness. About 676,000 acres are available for timber harvest, said Tongass spokesman Dennis Neill. The Forest Service's goal is to sell about 150 million board feet of wood per year. According to the report...
Stevens' bill would block appeals on wilderness

...version of the plan recommended no new wilderness. The final plan is due out in February or March, Tongass spokesman Dennis Neill said today. "We're in the final stages of finishing up the analysis, response to public comments and mapping...
Forest Service OKs Cholmondeley sale

...appeals process is over, the next step would be for the Forest Service to offer the sale to bidders. Tongass spokesman Dennis Neill said the Forest Service theoretically can offer the sale 15 days after the affirmation, which occurred Thursday. He...
Forest Service revises its rules

...National Forest is currently reviewing its land management plan published in 1997. Tongass National Forest spokesman Dennis Neill said that the new rules will eliminate old planning requirements that were "incredibly complicated" and "nearly un-doable...
Pending settlement temporarily halts Tongass timber sales

...can still sell 108 million board feet of timber, almost all of which is located in areas accessible by road, said Dennis Neill, a spokesman in the agency's Ketchikan office. The sales will keep about 650 employees in timber and related industries...
USFS to evaluate Tongass wilderness

...forest plan. It's not opening up every issue on the Tongass that everyone has an issue with," agency spokesman Dennis Neill said. "It's strictly about recommendations for wilderness." A final determination on any new wilderness protections...
Businesses fight paving roads in Tongass forest

...We put a lot of money into bear-viewing platforms that doesn't come back to the Treasury," Tongass spokesman Dennis Neill said. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., and Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio - both with a reputation for criticizing...


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