The Sitka Conservation Society is standing behind the U.S. Forest Service in its budget proposals that it feels will make a more sustainable management direction for the Tongass.
The Sitka Conservation Society has written to the Forest Service, hoping the community’s integration with the forest will be considered in the budget talks. Executive director Andrew Thoms said the Forest Service is often the first to take a lot of criticism on their actions, but many of the programs are widely supported. He said the Conservation Society will be monitoring the budget talks and is hopeful they will support salmon, tourism and recreation management.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, recently heard from Sitka community leaders on Forest Service programs, rural school funding and federal program support. Murkowski is the ranking minority member on the Senate Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Relate Agencies.