Forest Service OKs timber sale on Tongass

Jul 02, 2013 -- 7:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - 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 Juneau Empire reports 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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