Forest Service chief tours Tongass with Murkowski

Aug 09, 2013 -- 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says his visit to southeast Alaska is giving him an up-close look at some of the challenges faced by residents on the country's largest national forest. Thomas Tidwell has been touring the Tongass National Forest with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Their itinerary included stops at a lumber yard and tree-thinning site as well as a meeting that included tourism, mining and timber interests. Friday's schedule includes a flyover of the proposed Niblack Mine. Murkowski told a news conference in Ketchikan she hopes Tidwell leaves with a recognition that in his role, it's not just about management of the trees, it's about management of the economy of a region. 

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