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Forest Service criticized over Tongass logging

February 27, 2015 Logging in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest made news again this week when Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about why he isn’t doing more to boost timber harvesting in the 17-million-acre rain forest. Despite fisheries and tourism serving as the centerpiece of the region’s economy, Sen. Murkowski criticized [...]

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Cruise for Conservation!

We’re excited to share the following announcement from our friends at Custom Alaska Cruises: Custom Alaska Cruises and MV Sikumi are proud to announce our first “Donation Month” of 2015. We will be selecting certain non-profits, charities and conservation organizations throughout the year that we will be making donations to, based on bookings. Each group [...]

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

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part blog series looking at economic trends in Southeast Alaska. You can read the first blog post here and the second one here. The tourism industry in Southeast Alaska is experiencing significant sustained growth, according to a new study. The Southeast Conference, a Juneau-based [...]

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

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series about Southeast Alaska’s major economic engines – maritime, seafood and tourism. You can read the first installment here. Southeast Alaska fishermen enjoyed a record year in 2013. According to a new report by the Southeast Conference, the region’s seafood harvest weighed a whopping 479 million [...]

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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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