By Larry Edwards
May 27, 2011
Governor Parnell said in his press release that of Tongass timber sales purchased over the past three years, "not a single one of these sales went unopposed by a national environmental organization." The Daily News reported similarly.
The governor's statement is not even remotely true.
Fifty-six sales were unopposed by anyone in those years, of the 61 that were purchased. (The other five sales were in three timber projects that were litgated. Injunctions were sought for three of those sales, and in the one case concluded so far, Orion North, a permanent injunction was issued.)
To substantiate my LTE, I provided separately to the Daily News links to Forest Service documents listing all the timber sales made over the three years, along with a summary of that information.
Fact checking is important, even if the information comes from the governor.
But perhaps the Daily News simply finds the truth to be inconvenient, even when a clear error is pointed out.
About: "Larry Edwards is a Greenpeace forest campaigner. He has lived in Southeast Alaska for 34 years."
Received May 27, 2011 - Published May 27, 2011
Editor's Note: SitNews also published Gov. Parnell's release which included the statement which is alleged to be incorrect by Mr. Edwards.
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