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Egan's attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

An attempt by Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, to keep a state forester in Haines was defeated 6-14 in the Alaska Senate on Friday.Egan, whose district includes Haines, included an amendment in...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/egans-attempt-save-haines-forestry-offi
State | AK legislature
Despite looming cut, changes to timber program debated

...limit in Southeast forests in two to three years, State Forester Chris Maisch said at the hearing.Viking Lumber Co...be shuttered, and their nine employees, including state foresters, would be let go. The Ketchikan office is the state's...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-05/despite-looming-cut-changes-timber-prog
State | Local | AK legislature
State forestry to be managed from Fairbanks

...lone remaining regional forester would be based in Fairbanks and be responsible for the whole state's program, State Forester Chris Maisch said. A regional forester position in Ketchikan would be eliminated, but lower-level positions would...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-12/fairbanks-would-control-state-forestry
State
Ferry, timber, UAS dollars added back

...restore four of the jobs, three in Ketchikan and one in Juneau. The Haines office would be absorbed by Ketchikan's, State Forester Chris Maisch said by email.State earnings from timber sales are spread out over several years. For example, the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-11/ferries-timber-uas-added-back
State | AK legislature
Sating Southeast's 'timber famine'

...most flexible of the state's timber sales and allow the state to continue supporting Southeast's existing mills, State Forester Chris Maisch said.Right now, this type of sale - called a "118" - can only be used when there's extra state...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-15/sating-southeasts-timber-famine
State | Local | AK legislature
Tongass planning meeting closes with hope

...scheduled for April with the location yet to be determined."We've made it a long way down the road we're on," State Forester Chris Maisch said. "We still have a ways to go, but I'm fairly confident we're going to get there." Get more...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-25/tongass-planning-meeting-closes-hope
Local
Industry could suffer if Big Thorne stalls

...mills with about 13 million board feet per year from its forests, which include only 50,000 acres in Southeast, state forester Chris Maisch said. In comparison, the Tongass National Forest covers 17 million acres."The allowable cut wouldn't...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-08/industry-could-suffer-if-big-thorne-sta
Local
Six new biomass projects projected for the state

...It's a local fuel as opposed to barging in fuel oil," she said.Also at the Board of Forestry meeting, State Forester Chris Maisch gave an update on SB28, a measure that would establish a state forest in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-03-20/six-new-biomass-projects-projected-stat
Local
Boreal forests burning at historic rate

...researchers. And the length of the fire season and the intensity of the fires have increased in just the past decade, said state forester Chris Maisch, director of the Alaska Division of Forestry."We're observing change," Maisch said. "There's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-07-30/boreal-forests-burning-historic-rate
State
Beloved tree damaged by beetles

...rest of the tree will be dead by next year, said a state forester who examined the tree and diagnosed it with a bad...said.One of the experts who examined the tree, state forester Jim Smith of the Division of Forestry, said there...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-08-09/beloved-tree-damaged-beetles
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