Download or read our comments below.
The U.S. Forest Service is currently evaluating certain options for conducting new timber sales across a wide swath of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska through what it’s calling the “Central Tongass Project.” Specifically, the Forest Service is considering selling more than 200 million board feet of timber over more than 10,000 acres. Taxpayers for Common Sense submitted comments on the Forest Service plans highlighting how additional timber sales in the region are likely to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
In addition to noting the high anticipated costs of proposed new Log Transfer Facilities, we urged the Forest Service to publicly clarify whether the agency or logging companies would be expected to bear those costs, as well as the costs of additional road building in the Tongass. See below for our full comments.