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Begich Welcomes USFS Decision on Big Thorne Timber Sale



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Says Action Will Provide Some Stability for Industry

U.S. Senator Mark Begich today welcomed the news today that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has issued a Record of Decision for the Big Thorne Project.

“I’m pleased that Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole made a decision that will make a significant supply of timber available for the next 6-10 years.” said Begich.  “A sale of this size will provide some sorely needed stability for the timber industry in Southeast Alaska.  Providing a timber supply over a number of years should be of benefit to both medium and small saw mill operators, and help enhance economic diversification efforts for communities in Southeast Alaska.”

The USFS announced a decision today that will allow for the harvest of nearly 150 million board feet near Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island. 

 

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