Today I introduced SB 88 to facilitate a land trade between the Alaska Mental Health Trust and the U.S. Forest Service. In this trade, the state of Alaska will receive nearly 20,000 acres available for timber harvesting for approximately 18,000 acres near and adjacent to several Southeast communities.
This proposal is a win-win-win. The mental health trust will be able to raise revenue for the services they provide to disadvantaged Alaskans, our logging industry will be provided with a timber supply, and our communities will not have logging occur in their viewsheds.
It has taken quite a while to get to this point and my office will be working hard to get this bill passed this session. This should give our congressional delegation a strong signal of support by the State for the exchange and help their bill pass Congress and be signed into law.
To read SB 88 and other background documents, click here.