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Governor Parnell Proposes State Forest Expansion


January 14, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today transmitted legislation adding lands to the newly established Southeast State Forest from state lands presently used for timber harvest.

“Adding lands to the Southeast State Forest demonstrates our commitment to helping assure an increase in timber production over the long term,” Governor Parnell said. “This bill is one important piece in our overall strategy to stabilize and revitalize the timber industry, and expand wood energy opportunities in Southeast Alaska.”

Lands added to the state forest would continue to be open for multiple uses, including wildlife habitat and harvest, mining and recreational activities.

The Governor’s June 2010 signing of legislation establishing Alaska’s third state forest in Southeast Alaska was aimed at providing a long-term land base to support the forest industry in southern Southeast Alaska.  While state land holdings in Southeast are limited, the administration sees an opportunity to double the size of the state forest to approximately 50,000 acres.

A copy of the bill is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/11411_sestateforest.pdf

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