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Forest Service agreement improves management practices closely with the Forest Service as it manages its timber resource on public lands in the state," said Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch. "The State brings valuable forest resources, economic expertise and capacity to the table to accomplish...
Empire Editorial: Legislature's logjam puts control in hands of cities, boroughs

...incomplete budget passed by the House kills funding for two state foresters in the state's largest state forest, the 283...will be managed from Juneau or Ketchikan, unless state forester Chris Maisch can scrape together enough money to fund...
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...
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 shuttered, and their nine employees, including state foresters, would be let go. The Ketchikan office is the state's...
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...
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...
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...
State | Local | AK legislature
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...
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...
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...


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