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Governor Parnell Lauds Timber Sale Decision


September 25, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today welcomed a decision from the federal government’s regional forester for Alaska, Denny Bschor, to uphold the Logjam timber sale in the TongassNational Forest. Bschor rejected an appeal by several environmental groups that would have cut the sale in half.

“This is a big win for an industry that has been struggling,” Governor Parnell said. “Over the years, environmental roadblocks have choked off the supply of timber in Southeast Alaska, killing jobs and displacing families. This decision will put Alaskans to work and ensure that small, family-owned mills can continue to operate.”

Parnell recently sent a letter to a top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, advocating that the sale be allowed to proceed.

Parnell praised Bschor’s decision as fair. “Ninety-four percent of the project area will remain untouched,” the governor said. “This is a wise decision that balances conservation and economic development.”

The timber sale will allow the harvest of 73 million board-feet of timber on Prince of Wales Island, near the community of Coffman Cove, about 60 miles northwest of Ketchikan.

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