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Big Thorne timber suit chopped down

...litigated or appealed in the past 20 years, causing the flow of wood to mills to slow to almost a halt, Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said in a past Empire report.Marvin said exporting logs in the round overseas "is (Viking's) business model...
State | AK legislature
Arizona forest boss to lead Tongass

...I certainly am cognizant that there are a lot of ongoing activities and challenges."Current Tongass supervisor Forrest Cole is retiring after 40 years with the Forest Service. He has headed Tongass operations since 2003.He's leaving his...
Sating Southeast's 'timber famine'

...litigation by conservation groups has become the norm.In a previous Empire report, Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said appeals and lawsuits have kept federal sales from going through and have dealt a serious blow to Alaska's mills...
State | Local | AK legislature
Study: Tongass transition stalled

...the Forest Service is not getting away from selling old growth timber. Calls to Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole were not returned by press time."It's not the case (with Big Thorne) that the Forest Service is looking for some...
USDA: 'We're serious about a transition'

...programs that focus on young growth, which are timber stands that have been harvested before, Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said. The agency is aiming for a 10- to 15-year transition, to give time to Southeast mills to change their operations...
Visions of a quick switch

...Catherine Mater's report were implementable, it would have been done by now," said U.S. Forest Service supervisor Forrest Cole.Cole has an intimate knowledge of the logging industry in Southeast Alaska, from its history to the forest products...
Update: State seeks to intervene in timber lawsuits

...intervene.Earthjustice filed two lawsuits in federal court soon after the decision by Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole to move forward.The Big Thorne sale is targeted specifically in one of the lawsuits filed by Earthjustice on behalf...
Industry could suffer if Big Thorne stalls

...that are suing the Forest Service to delay the sale, the sale will go out to bid again this month, Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said. An agreement with the plaintiffs is in the works. He said at least 50 percent of the wood will go to "keep...
Forest Service will get public's help as it drafts logging plan for Tongass

...happen, a balance must be struck between the timber industry and environmental groups, according to forest supervisor Forrest Cole."For the past several decades we have a significant conflict with harvesting old growth timber and building roads...
True Tongass 'transition' would increase local jobs per log cut producing local wood for local markets. We invite Forrest Cole to join us in advancing a "Tongass transition" the island for short-term profits. We hope that Forrest Cole, and the smart and experienced group of stakeholders...


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