Whale Pass wants state to turn timber sale into carbon-offset lease
November 1, 2023
The city of Whale Pass in Southeast Alaska doesn’t have much: a few dozen residents, a road, a school and a few lodges, among other businesses. But what it does have is a lot of trees.
The town, nestled in a cove on the north end of Prince of Wales Island, about 40 air miles southwest of Wrangell, has been the site of logging camps since the 1960s. Like the rest of Southeast, it’s within the Tongass National Forest, the United States’ largest national forest.
Now, Whale Pass residents are fighting a pending state timber sale in their town, pushing for the area to instead be preserved...