Forest Service OKs Timber Sale on Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service has announced a timber sale in the Tongass that opponents say will be bad for salmon streams and some wildlife.


by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The U.S. Forest Service has announced a timber sale in the Tongass that opponents say will be bad for salmon streams and some wildlife.


The decision will allow nearly 6,200 acres of old-growth forest and nearly 2,300 acres of young-growth forest to be harvested on Prince of Wales Island.


The Forest Service, in a release, said the decision will help stabilize the declining Southeast Alaska timber industry for six to 10 years and create more than 600 jobs.


Alaska's two U.S. senators praised the decision though Sen. Lisa Murkowski also said she wished the sale were a bit larger and longer in duration.


Conservationists expressed concerns about the impact on salmon streams and subspecies of the gray wolf and northern goshawk indigenous to the area.

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Guest said on Wednesday, Jul 3 at 10:17 AM

@Alaskasteelheader No one said it would be the absolutely best thing for the salmon. But is not catastrophic either. Funny you mentioned the Thorne River considering the lack of timber harvest around it. So even with out logging a heat wave will do it's thing regardless of the light it gets. And this isn't Sealaska land if you know how to read it says Tongass land not Sealaska land and the only Mexicans I have seen are in the thinning aspect of the industry not the logging aspect. And what does it matter who they hire? Showing a little bit of racism I think. Remember the sign white is right red is dead? I bet you liked that sign. Big Dan is right there is a minimum of 100 foot buffer zone around streams. Use Google earth and look at the Thorne River. Only in one place does logging even come close to it. It's one thing to fight for a bigger buffer zone around salmon streams. It's entirely different to say no logging should be done regardless of said buffer zone size.

Big Dan said on Tuesday, Jul 2 at 2:12 PM

There are regulations about how close to a salmon stream, or any stream that holds anadromous fish. I am not sure of the distance , but seems to me it is at least a 100 feet, possibly more. If they follow the rules, shouldn't be a problem keeping shade over the water.

AlaskaSteelheader said on Tuesday, Jul 2 at 10:40 AM

This is BS. You think its going to be good for the salmon!! All this land was sold to the sea alaska corp, They will hire there own and illegal immigrants to chop it all down... and when they get too close to a fish stream... all it takes is a few trees that shade a fishing hole to go down and thousands of fish are killed... The year the thorne river reached 86 degrees it killed almost a whole pink run. Think what happens when 2/3 of all fish streams are opened up to the light of day.

Guest said on Tuesday, Jul 2 at 10:31 AM

And another thing about trees and how they grow back. I have also surveyed clear cuts from the 60's on P.O.W. and if it wasn't for the huge (12-14 feet diameter) stumps you would never know that area had been logged. This is good news for P.O.W. and it's sustainability as a place people can live and work. Because without logging and fishing there wouldn't be much of Southeast Alaska. And one last thing, the places that are now accessible due to logging roads would be never accessible without them short of some serious hiking that the everyday person would never do. Meaning all these people that want to save it for future generations would leave them with no chance of even experiencing it without said roads.

Guest said on Tuesday, Jul 2 at 10:22 AM

I grew up on P.O.W. and know that the environmentalists blow their findings out of proportion. Now I'm not anti-environment but there needs to be balance on this topic not just cut everything down or don't cut anything down. Clear cuts look bad, there is no way to get around that. But with proper management (along salmon streams) there is no way that it is as harmful as they would like you to believe. Trees grow back, they are renewable. Just because it takes a long time to grow back doesn't diminish that fact. As for wolves they eat deer. Deer thrive in the clear cuts because of all the new vegetation to eat. As for the goshawk they are so few we cannot relegate our needs for that of such a small population. I've actually been out looking for them when I worked for the Forest Service as a kid. Guess what we didn't find a single one and we were looking in unharvested areas. There are millions of acres that will never be touched. That is what they were set aside for. The rest is for us.

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