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USDA: 'We're serious about a transition'

...growth versus young growth.After announcing in 2010 plans to transition the forest to young growth, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in a 2013 memo a strategy for the transition. In the past year, the Forest Service has...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-20/usda-were-serious-about-transition
Local
Tongass Advisory Committee second meeting scheduled

...recommendations may be included in the Forest Plan amendment.TAC members advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture through the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The membership represents a broad and diverse range of viewpoints...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-08-29/tongass-advisory-committee-second-me
Outdoors
My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

...recreation and tourism, and subsistence in supporting vibrant local communities in Southeast Alaska.Last summer, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a series of steps to achieve the transition within the next 10 to 15 years. A key part...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-25/my-turn-alaska-turns-young-growth-for
Opinion
Tribe Hires New Government Affairs Liaison

...Assistant Specialist for Intertribal Agriculture Council, and Program Assistant in the Office of the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Office of Tribal Relations. The many associations she developed through internships, fellowships and public...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-08-03/tribe-hires-new-government-affairs-
Neighbors
My Turn: Tongass prepares to enter new logging era

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service will amend the Tongass Land Management Plan, also called the Forest...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-05-23/my-turn-tongass-prepares-enter-new-lo
Opinion
Katie John ruling wins Native leaders' approval

...President Julie Kitka said the organization also has the support from the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and top Department of Justice Officials representing the federal government, who was also party...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-01/katie-john-ruling-wins-native-leaders-a
Local
USFS seeks candidates for new Tongass Federal Advisory Committee

...will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service on developing...Management Plan and a July memorandum from the Secretary of Agriculture, Addressing Sustainable Forestry in Southeast...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-01-17/usfs-seeks-candidates-new-tongass-fe
Outdoors
Ag. Secretary Vilsack Announces New Timber Plan for Tongass

...bill recently moved through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee.The provision would allow the Secretary of Agriculture to approve the harvest of second-growth trees that would typically be considered too small.The fifth point...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-07-03/ag-secretary-announce-new-timber-plan-t
State
In the Tongass, every job counts

...abundant yearly commercial salmon harvests demonstrate that logging can be done responsibly.This is why I find Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's decision to shut down old-growth logging unacceptable. It's a decision we will fight.Federal...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-09-11/tongass-every-job-counts
Opinion
Forest Service to modify Tongass plan

...a way that supports the continued viability of the forest industry in Southeast Alaska, per the direction of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack."The Tongass is currently due for a revision and renewal of its five-year plan. The Forest...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-02/forest-service-modify-tongass-plan
State

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