Vague intentions for Tongass raise questions

Oct 03, 2013 -- 10:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service's intent to modify its five-year plan for the Tongass National Forest is raising questions. A vague agency announcement indicated the Forest Service would modify the plan based on land conditions and public demands. The Juneau Empire reports the agency couldn't be reached for comment due to the partial government shutdown. Shelly Wright, executive director for the Southeast Conference, says as long as the plan is open for revision, nothing will happen in the forest until it's complete. She says the upside is her group will have time to try selling the agency on its approach to managing the forest in an economically feasible way. Austin Williams, with Trout Unlimited, says he hopes the agency allocates allocate resources from managing logging to promoting fishing and tourism.

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