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Southeast timber sale needed for mill


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Southeast Alaska’s last mid-sized timber mill is at risk of closing if a sale that would clear-cut 3,700 acres of old-growth forest stalls, according to industry representatives and the U.S. Forest Service.

Viking Lumber Co. in Klawock was the winning bidder when the Big Thorne sale was announced last year. The sale was later withdrawn amid appeals by critics, with concerns raised about the impacts on Alexander Archipelago wolves. That spurred further review by the Forest Service that led to a decision last month to go ahead with a sale.

Owen Graham, executive direc...

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