- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Tongass Advisory Committee meetings scheduled for February and March in Petersburg and Wrangell will be moved to Juneau.

The committee wants to make sure enough members can attend, said Jay Anderson, Tongass National Forest deputy supervisor, the committee’s designated federal official.

“The committee’s interest in meeting in the communities of Southeast has not changed,” Anderson said in a release. “And, each member has personal commitments outside their volunteerism on this committee. This change of location ensures the greatest amount of member attendance possible at a critical time in their deliberations.”

The committee met Jan. 20-23 in Juneau. On the final day of the meeting, members noted logistical challenges of traveling to Petersburg and Wrangell and agreed to shift February and March meetings.

The next meeting will be Feb. 17-19 at Juneau’s Extended Stay America Hotel. The date of the March meeting remains tentative.



The committee will deliberate on recommendations for Tongass forest management and on how to shift from predominantly old growth management to young growth management that’s economically viable for the timber industry.

Recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Agriculture secretary.

The Tongass National Forest is the nation’s largest. It covers most of southeast Alaska.

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Online:

Tongass Advisory Committee: https://bit.ly/1Dh2aNS

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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