- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A timber sale on Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island has received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service following delays because of concerns from environmental groups over old-growth timber and the impact the sale would have on habitat for a population of wolves.

The Ketchikan Daily News (https://is.gd/S4VrQl) reports the Big Thorne sale was approved Wednesday and initially will include about 98 million board feet of timber.

Tongass National Forest supervisor Forrest Cole says another 40 million board feet of timber are intended for later sales.

The sale will be advertised for one month starting Saturday, and Cole says the goal is to award the contract by the end of September.

Earthjustice announced it filed two lawsuits Friday against the Forest Service, one challenging the Big Thorne sale, the other challenging the Tongass land management plan.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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