Wrangell Island timber sale moving forward, at a much smaller scale

By June Leffler
November 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After almost a decade of planning, the U.S. Forest Service said it’s going forward with the Wrangell Island timber sale. The service will put 5 to 7 million board feet of timber out to bid. The Wrangell Island timber sale has changed drastically over the almost-decade-long planning period. The original harvest was about 90 million board feet. The Forest Service scaled it back to a fifteenth of that. The agency decided on the figure after considering final objections. The environmental law firm Earthjustice objected on behalf of conservation groups including Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. Its attorney Buck Lindekugel said the smaller sale is more accessible to small regional mills. “This proposed resolution reflects reality on the ground. They’ve already cut the biggest and most economical timber on Wrangell Island,” Lindekugel said.

Read More