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Biomass Preliminary Best Interest Finding Released

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) is seeking public comment on a Preliminary Best Interest Finding on the proposal for a negotiated 25-year timber contract with Alaska Power and Telephone Company (AP&T) to provide woody biomass for a proposed combined heat and power facility in Tok, Alaska. 

AP&T is studying the feasibility of displacing costly imported fuel oil with locally available woody biomass for generating electricity and heat. The Preliminary Best Interest Finding examines various issues related to the question of whether or not it is in the State’s best interest to negotiate a long-term contract for supplying AP&T with local woody biomass as an energy source. The preliminary finding supports the alternative to proceed with negotiations for a long-term timber contract with AP&T.

The Division of Forestry will hold a public meeting on the Preliminary Best Interest Finding from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 31st at the Tok School.

Copies of the Preliminary Best Interest Finding are available for review at DOF’s Fairbanks, Delta, and Tok Area Offices, at the Delta and Tok Community Libraries, and on DOF’s web site at http://forestry.alaska.gov/whatsnew.htm.  Comments should be mailed to Mark Eliot, Division of Forestry, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709, and must be received by 5 p.m. on June 18, 2012, in order to be considered during preparation of the Final Best Interest Finding. 

For more information please contact Mark Eliot, (907) 451-2670, Division of Forestry, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709; or email mark.eliot@alaska.gov.

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