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National Forest Contributes to Alaska’s Salmon Success Story

April 3, 2014 by Teresa Haugh, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska.  Alaska’s Chugach and Tongass national forests are sometimes referred to as salmon forests, producing all five species of wild Pacific salmon: king, coho, sockeye, pink, and chum. Salmon is vital to Alaska’s economy, and last year’s statewide commercial salmon harvest is being noted as a [...]

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Southeast Alaska: Melting Funds for
Tongass Tourism Gem

March 28, 2014 By Laurie Cooper It’s go time in the Tongass National Forest as Alaska’s southern panhandle gears up for the 2014 travel season. Drawn by the region’s rich cultural and natural resources, nearly 70 percent of all Alaska visitors this summer will travel to Southeast Alaska making it the state’s top summer destination [...]

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Alaska Fishermen and Tribes Take Canadian Mine Issue to Capitol Hill

Commercial fishermen and tribal leaders from Southeast Alaska are in Washington, D.C, this week. They’re there to press for U.S. State Department action to protect their region’s copius wild salmon runs, thriving tourism industry, and cultural resources from large-scale mine projects planned for neighboring British Columbia. Southeast Alaska is home to the lush, 17-million-acres Tongass [...]

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Alaska Officials Need to Pay Attention to
BC Mine Development

March 13, 2014 by Rob A. Sanderson, Jr. FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE   My grandmother who raised me taught me an important lesson — take care of the land and water, and it will take care of our present and future generations. I try to live by that principle every day. That’s why I’m speaking [...]

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Wolves and Logging in the Tongass National Forest

March 4, 2014 The Juneau Empire recently published a guest editorial on the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.  The controversial old-growth sale is on hold pending a review of how the proposed logging would potentially impact wolf, deer and bear populations on the island.     [...]

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