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Ketchikan Tribe opposes logging of forest

The Ketchikan Indian Community of Alaska says the U.S. Forest Service ignored the public by approving a major logging project in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest.

The logging will take place on Gravina Island, which was in tribal ownership until it was taken by the federal government. Elmer Makua, a tribal council member, said more than 7,000 people commented on the proposal.

The sale would yield 38 million board feet of timber from 1,800 acres. The Bush administration has allowed logging on roadless areas of national forests, overturning a rule supported by the Clinton administration.

Get the Story:
Forest Service OKs logging 1,800 formerly roadless acres on Gravina Island (The Anchorage Daily News 8/18)

UDSA Documents:
Press Release | Proposed Rule

Relevant Links:
Roadless Area Conservation -

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