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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


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Owen Graham

The State tells us that their timber sale program brings in more in stumpage payments than it costs to run the program.

Some timberlands grow trees much faster than others, but on the average it takes about 100 years to grow the timber in SE Alaska to maturity. A harvest level of about 12,000 acres per year on good growing sites would sustain the industry in perpetuity. However, their are significant non-timbered areas within the forest - muskegs, lakes, alpine areas, etc. - so until the State has substantially more timberlands managed for growing trees, the mills will have to rely on the federal timberlands for most of their timber supply.


This may be a good thing for the "dying" timber industry in Alaska. But, what will be the true impact economically?

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