March 02, 2005
The U.S. Forest Service's Alaska Regional Leadership Team will meet in Wrangell, Alaska, at the Nolen Center the week of March 7 to discuss ways to support and assist in the year-round economic vitality and social well being of the communities in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.
The Forest Service is extending an open invitation to all members of the public to attend portions of the meeting, which will include panels on forest products, non-profit organizations, state and federal agency programs, forest entrepreneurs, and an Alaska mayors' panel.
"The Alaska Region of the Forest Service is dedicated to maintaining not only healthy forests, but healthy communities as well," said Alaska Deputy Regional Forester for Natural Resources Steve Brink. "This is an excellent opportunity for us to stay connected with members of local communities that depend on healthy forest for community health."
The weeklong meeting will kick off Monday, March 7 at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Jim Calvin of the McDowell Group. Other highlights of the week include a presentation on the Tongass National Forest, with the option of purchasing a lunch, on Tuesday, and a social with Southeast mayors and Wrangell community Wednesday evening.
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