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Northwest fire crews hope for a break in the weather

PORTLAND, Ore. - Northwest fire officials told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that incoming cooler weather could help calm the massive blazes that threaten thousands of homes, but wind storms may cause extreme...
Regional News
Forest Service agreement improves management practices

...treatment of young growth stands on State of Alaska and private lands. This effort supports Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's steps to conserve the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest by transitioning to sustainable, second growth...
US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

...expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other...
Regional News
My Turn: Collaborating for economic development, community health

...and vibrant communities in Southeast Alaska continue to be high priorities for USDA. During the past year, Secretary Tom Vilsack, Undersecretary Robert Bonnie, and Deputy Undersecretary Butch Blazer all have visited Alaska to see first-hand the...
Federal government to bring indoor plumbing to remote village

...with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage...
Visions of a quick switch

...being able to transition more quickly."Geos Institute submitted a letter to US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting a quick transition from old-growth to young-growth logging. The letter cities the work of Geos and Mater...
My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

...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 of the transition...
Governor asks feds to buy surplus salmon

...weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week. He wants the USDA to purchase $37 million worth of canned pink salmon under a federal law that allows for...
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 Plan, the...
Forest Service will get public's help as it drafts logging plan for Tongass

...closed," he said. "The remaining industry has struggled to stay alive."U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is "desiring us to get out of old growth and into young growth," Cole said. "Because of conflicts of the past...


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