The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
Alaska needs its industry — big and small.
One of its oldest is the timber industry, and, while it isn’t as big as it used to be, it remains, largely because of its tenacity.
Viking Lumber in Klawock is a small sawmill still operating in Southeast Alaska. It’s been in operation since 1994 (22 years), and it is a major employer in Klawock and on Prince of Wales Island.
Its struggle, which it shares with any timber-related business in Alaska, is acquiring timber.