Big Thorne is on hold: How an endemic species can halt a timber sale
October 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

by GSACC board member Natalie Dawson “When you spend much time on islands with naturalists you will tend to hear two words in particular an awful lot: ‘endemic’ and ‘exotic’. Three if you count ‘disaster’. An ‘endemic’ species of plant or animal is one that is native to an island or region and is found […]

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GSACC appeals the Big Thorne decision
August 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to proceed with the Big Thorne timber project.  The appeal went to to the next highest level in the agency, Regional Forester Beth Pendleton.  The appeal is known as Cascadia Wildlands et al. (2013), and other co-appellants […]

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May 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

By Richard Carstensen EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Regional Native Corporation in Southeast Alaska (Sealaska Corp.) is seeking Congressional legislation that would change the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA 1971) to allow selection of new lands for logging. Through the proposed legislation (Senate Bill 340), Sealaska would select 68,715 acres of land from […]

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Tongass Timber Economics 101
April 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm
TNF101 cover

  By Joseph R. Mehrkens (retired USFS economist)    Last revised: 4/20/2013 This paper is designed as a briefing paper.  Future revisions and additions will periodically occur.  It will be available on the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community website  It is the sole product of J.R. Mehrkens and is based primarily on Tongass information […]

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GSACC Position Statement on HR.740/S.340 “The Southeast Alaska Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act”
April 7, 2013 at 5:17 am
Sealaska clearcut on unstable slopes of Prince of Wales Island resulting in a fresh landslide seen in the center of the image frame. Note, not one tree left standing in this once heavily forested slope.

    The Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) is a regional grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of healthy, fully functioning forests, lands and waters of Southeast Alaska. As such, GSACC unequivocally opposes HR.740/ S.340, the “Southeast Alaska Native Lands Finalization and Jobs Protection Act.” Our opposition is based in that HR.740/ S.340, […]

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