The Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis (POWLLA), although green-washed by the Forest Service as being an effort to “improve forest ecosystem health,” is in reality a massive, destructive timber project.
The Tongass National Forest has a long history of permitting timber operators such as Viking Lumber Company to operate in a lawless manner in Southeast Alaska
Update, May 15
SB-88 passed the legislature on May 10. The only hope now is a veto by governor, sending the bill back to the legislature for reconsideration.
Ingrained in the psyche of many western legislators, including Alaska’s Congressional delegation, is the notion that federal regulations are too strict. If they could be circumvented by conveying Tongass National Forest lands to private interests or the state, industry would gain unfettered access to Tongass resources.