My name is Kurt Whitehead and I am a licensed hunting guide in Alaska and have been in the big game guiding industry for the last 16 years. I live in Klawock with my fiancee Trina Nation and have been guiding Black Bear hunters on Prince of Wales Island for the last six years.
Sealaska Corp. has allowed us to guide on their properties on Prince of Wales and we wanted to report that it has been a very positive experience.
The bays that we hunted with our boat-based operation had clearcuts in the vicinity and our guided hunters harvested their bears either in harvest areas or very close to them. We saw numerous bear and deer as they were using the harvested areas to feed almost exclusively on the abundant new growth.
A clear cut supports an amazing number of animals and later, with proper thinning, provides cover for those same animals that have moved on to feed in new young growth forests.
Living in Klawock we have seen first hand how Sealaska provides jobs to the whole logging industry and how numerous local businesses benefit. We have experienced firsthand how they have provided access to their lands to locals and guides and how their goals are to provide economic stability to its shareholders and non-shareholders like myself.
Timber is a renewable resource and if managed properly will provide many jobs and hunting opportunities for all of us. Sealaska has been managing its resources properly and we want to thank them for the opportunity to make a living on their lands.