by George Miller
March 02, 2005
Right here in Southeast I have seen the new growth on cuts we made thirty or more years back. The results are almost as varied the the original overripe forests we were working in, though now the trees are more uniform age and a lot healthier over-all. Of course our native Alder likes to take advantage of the opportunity to spread and grow, so there is more Alder than before. That is only a problem if commercial use trees are the only acceptable outcome, otherwise Alder is part of a natural sequence of forest life. I am also an advocate of getting the most from our resources here, not merely selling raw logs at discounted prices to other nations, then buying back the resulting products, leaving the profit in another nation's hands. We are making some progress in that direction, but we need to lean harder that way and risk some time and investment toward marketing products made from our very high quality woods, grown right here in our yard. Our wood lab at Ward's Cove found through much exhaustive testing, that our trees are among the best, and better than most for structural and other uses. Their finding should assure us that we have top quality fiber and boards to manufacture into fine wood products, creating jobs that pay well, and helping establish and preserve a stable economy for our part of Alaska.
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