A plea to DC: Save the Tongass plan

By Liz Ruskin
Alaska Public Media
November 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congress recently learned it has the power to overturn the amended Tongass Land Management Plan, a document that was years in the making.  A Juneau business owner flew to Washington, D.C. with a message for the Alaska Congressional delegation: “Don’t.” The plan for the Tongass National Forest was completed in the final weeks of the Obama administration, and Keegan McCarthy likes it. He’s a commercial fisherman and operates a small cruise company. McCarthy says the delegation seems to have an outsized focus on the timber industry and his mission is to remind them other Tongass-dependent businesses are providing jobs and economic stimulus.“The timber industry did bring a lot to Southeast Alaska in its heyday. Some good. Some bad,” Keegan said. “But Southeast Alaska has evolved.

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