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Intro — Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and Its Growth Industries

Seafood, maritime and the visitor industries are bright spots in Southeast Alaska’s economy, according to a recent study by the Southeast Conference, a Juneau-based economic development organization. The report entitled, Southeast by the Numbers 2014, examines economic trends between 2012 and 2013 in Alaska’s Southeast panhandle, home of the Tongass National Forest. It finds that [...]

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Part One — Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and Its Growth Industries

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series. Coming next: how the seafood industry helps drive the regional economy in the Tongass National Forest. The maritime industry in Southeast Alaska – home to the Tongass National Forest — is experiencing major growth. Since 2010, the maritime sector has expanded by 14-percent or nearly [...]

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Let’s Not Cook the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

October 16, 2014 By MALENA MARVIN FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE According to Southeast Conference, Southeast Alaska’s economy is increasingly stable, diverse and strong. Bolstered by the powerful twin engines of fishing and tourism — drawing $1 billion each to the region annually — the Tongass is not unlike the proverbial goose that is laying golden [...]

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It’s Time for Sustainable Logging

September 28, 2014 By the Juneau Empire Logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is an industry that faltered many times before getting off the ground. Yet once it did, it took off with the momentum of a steam engine and with support from all over the state. “Hereafter in Alaska the 14th day of [...]

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Big Thorne: Big Step Backwards for Tongass

  This week’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has issued a contract for a large old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is disappointing to a wide range of Americans, including sport and commercial fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and visitors to this remote, salmon-rich region. It’s a giant [...]

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