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When it comes to timber sales, Juneau has been lucky among Southeast Alaskan communities. Unlike other Southeast communities, we aren't imminently threatened by clearcuts within sight of downtown and we haven't had to deal with the effects (positive and negative) of logging over the last 50 years. For many Juneau residents, the most immediate experience we have with a clearcut is what we see behind Fred Meyer.
This is about to change. Now that the Tongass is no longer protected by the Roadless Rule, Southeast Alaska is up against a new and intensified logging schedule that includes sales in the Juneau ranger district. The Forest Service is now planning for the Couverden timber sale, located 30 miles west of Juneau on the southern Chilkat Peninsula. Couverden is just the first of what could be a series of timber sales in our corner of Southeast. Taku Inlet, Port Houghton and St. James' Bay are all places that could be logged in the coming years.
If you want to make sure that informed, responsible decisions are made about logging around Juneau, now is the time to get involved. Please join SEACC for a forum on the state of the Tongass Timber Program on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The Forest Service will also be available to talk about the Couverden Sale 4:30-7:30 at Centennial Hall.
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council