Timber task force seeks 2M U.S. acres | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A recent report by the governor-appointed Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force calls for the construction of more logging roads, the expansion and extension of state forests and the transfer of 2 million acres from federal to state hands. The report was released on Oct. 16.

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The task force reported that it believes insufficient timber volume is the main impediment to timber job creation in Southeast Alaska. The report blames uncertainty and cost associated with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Tongass Exemption to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

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The nine-member task force is made up of industry stakeholders, representatives for state government agencies and Southeast residents.