Could rising timber prices aid the Tongass transition to second-growth logging?

Soaring lumber prices could be a boon for Southeast Alaska’s struggling timber industry. The pandemic has fueled the demand for both renovations and the new home construction market, and supply has not kept up.

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A second push for more solar on the Kenai Peninsula

Solarize the Kenai estimates that the average homeowner could cover half of their home’s energy needs with 12 panels and save over $10,000 in the next 15 years.

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New climate action task force to tackle Sitka’s carbon footprint

The ways Sitka could and is being affected by climate change are numerous: the impact of warming oceans on the fishing industry, landslides, increased pest activity in the Tongass, more intense storms impacting utilities — the list could go on.

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Drilling boosters, opponents consider next steps after first Arctic refuge lease sale

The state won 10-year oil leases for nine pieces of land by submitting the minimum offer: $25 an acre. But drilling for oil in the refuge is expensive, and it faces an aggressive opposition campaign.

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Ask a Climatologist: Historic Southeast Alaska rains linked to a changing climate

A veritable fire hose of moisture hit Southeast Alaska last week. It was a historic weather event, the likes of which we might see more often as Earth’s climate continues to warm.

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Federal appeals court overturns approval for Hilcorp’s Liberty Project

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with environmental groups, saying the agency’s review of drilling impacts was inadequate.

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Controversial wolf season extended for Prince of Wales Island

Wildlife managers said they would extend the wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island following a contentious hearing where hunters said too many wolves were preying on deer.

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