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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...
Beloved tree damaged by beetles 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...
Tongass old growth should stay in federal hands

...Alaska. That's why when I learned of the statements made recently by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, and Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch I was dismayed.The senator and Maisch, speaking before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee...
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...
In search of the perfect Juneau Christmas tree

...Sitka spruce nor western hemlock, which are our two most common trees, hold up very well," said Bruce Johnson, a state forester. "A lot of times they'll lose everything within a week or so." Most native evergreens dry out quickly, he said...
Foresters undecided about using alien tree species in beetle-damaged areas

...with landowners because they grow quickly, are suited to the cold and provide valuable timber, said Al Peterson, a state forester based on the Peninsula. They mature two to three times faster than spruce trees and are not susceptible to the spruce...
Habitat move order sent to Legislature

...and Practices Act, which governs management of forest resources, will be shifted from the DNR commissioner to the state forester, a lower-level DNR official. "These transfers will permit closer and more balanced coordination, improving the...
Tongass Forest logging hours cut back due to fire danger

...cutting restrictions, loggers must designate someone to stand fire watch from noon to 8 p.m., said Mike Curran, a state forester in Ketchikan. The Alaska Division of Forestry also has imposed hour restrictions on state timber land in Southeast...
Green infrastructure planning grants available for Alaska communities

...Protecting our watersheds and associated forestland helps support healthy communities and strong local economies," said State Forester Chris Maisch. "We hope these grants will help communities create or save jobs while taking steps to improve water...


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