Prince of Wales Island timber sale approved

Aug 22, 2014 -- 11:45am
- 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 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. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council director Malena Marvin says her organization is planning a lawsuit to challenge the sale.

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