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USDA: 'We're serious about a transition'

...has begun several programs that focus on young growth, which are timber stands that have been harvested before, Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said. The agency is aiming for a 10- to 15-year transition, to give time to Southeast...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-20/usda-were-serious-about-transition
Local
Celebrating Walter Soboleff Day: A Remembrance

...biggest lesson I ever learned in the chapel there: 'Take care of the old person you are going to become.'"The Tongass Forest made Killisnoo a bustling, productive community, and its people processed everything from herring to whales and...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-14/celebrating-walter-soboleff-day-remembr
Local
Industry could suffer if Big Thorne stalls

...sustainable approach," Hafey said. "We have no plans to challenge smaller timber sales."Larry Jackson owns Tongass Forest Enterprises in Ketchikan. It's a small mill that processes 150,000 to 200,000 board feet per year, one of...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-08/industry-could-suffer-if-big-thorne-sta
Local
Viking Lumber wins Big Thorne contract, again

...the projects near Petersburg, Ketchikan and Hydaburg, saying the Forest Service planned the sales under the 1997 Tongass Forest Plan, but used deer population requirements of the most recent 2008 plan."The logging plans did not take into...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-10-02/viking-lumber-wins-big-thorne-contract-
Local
KTOO: Pet photo show and CD release for Pete Griffin's "Welcome to Alaska"

...reception celebrating the release of Pete Griffin's new CD of personal stories, "Welcome to Alaska, Tales from the Tongass Forest and Beyond." Griffin worked for the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist and then as a district ranger until...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-07-29/ktoo-pet-photo-show-and-cd-release-pete-g
Art
My Turn: Tongass officials should look to the future

...rather wood. The old clearcuts have grown sufficiently to provide an economic product for loggers and factories. Tongass forests absorb and store massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the air, helping to regulate Alaska's climate. In addition...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-07-07/my-turn
Opinion
Former volunteer named Sitka District ranger

...for more than a decade, and who is moving into the Tongass Forest Supervisor's office heading up recreation, lands...Putz, who works in the recreation department for the Tongass Forest Supervisor's office.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-09/former-volunteer-named-sitka-district-r
State
True Tongass 'transition' would increase local jobs per log cut

...will never create a sustainable wood economy on the Tongass.Sure, there are current market barriers to localizing Tongass forest jobs and ending export-based industrial logging, but these can be removed through shifting subsidies and engaging...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-12/true-tongass-transition-would-increas
Opinion
August First Friday Art Walk

...reception celebrating the release of Pete Griffin's new CD of personal stories, "Welcome to Alaska, Tales from the Tongass Forest and Beyond." Griffin worked for the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist and then as a district ranger until...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-07-31/august-first-friday-art-walk
Art
Not the time to close the cabins

...experience!Like many people, I was concerned when I learned the Forest Service is considering scaling back its Tongass Forest cabin program and closing some of its lesser-used cabins. I understand that the cabin program is not revenue positive...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-11-29/not-time-close-cabins
Opinion

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