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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Airport wants to cut trees near pond

JUNEAU - The Juneau Airport wants to cut a large swath of trees by the floatplane pond to reduce risk of bird collisions with aircraft, according to a consultant hired by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The proposal is one of about 15 recommendations in the airport's draft Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, said consultant Ken Wallace, who was hired by the FAA to do an environmental study on proposed airport projects.

Wallace said he will present the airport's recommendations at a public meeting from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall.

The trees stand on roughly 60 acres by the pond. Airport officials worry that the woodland offers prime habitat to potentially hazardous birds such as eagles, crows and ravens.

A federal study last year recommended clear-cutting the area.

But the proposal is strongly opposed by some residents who walk the Airport Dike Trail near the runway. Laurie Ferguson Craig argued that the trees create a natural barrier between the runway and birds on the wetlands and that cutting them could heighten the risk to aircraft.

"I think it is a very foolish thing to do for air safety because the trees block the progress of waterfowl, in particular, and most birds that are on the wetlands," Ferguson Craig said.

Native art shown at Federal Building

JUNEAU - Beadwork, jewelry, crafts and silver and wood carvings will be highlighted in an exhibit of Native Alaska arts this month in the Federal Building.

Artisans will be present and some will be working. The artwork will be displayed in the lobby from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16 and 29-30.

The display will feature local artists including Percy and Stella Martin, Flora Huntington and Florence Sheakley. Sealaska Heritage Institute will have a display as well.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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