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Tongass plan makes its debut

Though some doubted it could be done, the group of industry leaders, scientists, conservationists and government representatives has reached a consensus: the Tongass Advisory Committee has submitted its draft recommendations for managing timber harvests in the national forest that covers much of Southeast Alaska."I could tell from the very first meeting that there were very smart, committed people at this table," TAC member and Juneau Assembly Member Kate Troll said - but the devil's in the details, she added.
Alaska Airlines turning to tree power

Alaska Airlines and Washington State University are teaming up to explore the use of biofuels made from forest residuals, such as tree limbs and branches leftover from forest harvests, to power aircraft.
Agency will hunt invasive caribou on remote island

ANCHORAGE - Hunters from a federal agency will travel to a remote island in the Aleutians to kill caribou, an invasive species that threatens wilderness vegetation. The U.S.
Tongass Advisory Committee finishes its plan for changing forest strategy

The Tongass Advisory Committee late Friday morning - and despite criticism from both the timber industry and conservationists - voted 14-0 to approve a package of recommendations aimed at helping to transition logging in the almost 17 million acre Tongass National Forest from old-growth timber to young-growth timber.The TAC - which includes government, timber industry, Alaska Native and other representatives - has worked on the recommendations in a series of meetings held throughout Southeast Alaska for about nine months. This was the committee's second meeting in Ketchikan.
The story behind the return of the wood bison

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately.
Permanent Fund Corporation not immune to DST impact

At 4:45 a.m., when most of Juneau is still fast asleep, the Permanent Fund Corporation offices downtown are springing to life and traders are ready to start the workday.
State | AK legislature
State seeks applicants for specialty crop grants

PALMER - The Division of Agriculture is now seeking applicants for its annual Specialty Crop Competitive Grant Program. The division intends to administer grants for multiple projects and grant awards will be divided into two tiers.
My Turn: Collaborating for economic development, community health

Let me take this opportunity to thank the Juneau Economic Development Council for organizing, sponsoring, and hosting another successful Innovation Summit.
Cooperative Extension's Juneau open house scheduled businesses will be served.Cooperative Extension is part of an educational network supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities. Extension offers programming in Southeast on gardening, 4-H, home energy...
Arctic domes extend growing season on Kenai Peninsula

KENAI - Kenai Peninsula produce growers are getting a jump on the growing season with a cousin of a geodesic dome.


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