Tongass roundtable invites public to evening meeting

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

JUNEAU - The Tongass Futures Roundtable isn't usually open to the public, but tonight it will be.

The roundtable was founded to allow Tongass National Forest stakeholders - foresters, environmentalists, Alaska Natives, agencies and others - to discuss the future of the Tongass in a non-confrontational setting.

The group's meeting this week in Juneau. Likely topics include effects of the stimulus package on the Tongass, and an inchoate plan to divvy up the national forest into management areas, according to the Nature Conservancy, which organizes the event.

The public isn't invited to the daytime discussions, but people can comment tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

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