Forest Service to modify Tongass plan

The U.S. Forest Service will modify the Tongass National Forest management plan, the agency announced Tuesday.

A statement released by the Forest Service says that it will modify the plan based on the conditions of the land and the demands of the public.

“Among other things, the modification is expected to focus on identifying the timber base suitable to support a transition to young-growth management, in a way that supports the continued viability of the forest industry in Southeast Alaska, per the direction of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.”

The Tongass is currently due for a revision and renewal of its five-year plan.

The Forest Service could not be contacted for clarification because of the federal government shutdown.

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