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Speak now or hold your peace.
It’s up to Alaskans concerned with the future of the timber industry and old-growth trees near Naukati to respond before the end of Monday to a Alaska Mental Health Trust request for comment on a timber sale.
The sale would be conducted by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office on more than 3,500 acres the trust is expected to receive as a result of a land exchange between the state and federal government.
Ketchikan welcomed the exchange as a way to preserve Deer Mountain from timber harvest. It involved land in Petersburg, Wrangell and other regional communities, as well.
The trust has a fiduciary responsibility to generate revenue from its holdings to benefit mental health programs and services in the state.
The Naukati sale would be offered in two phases. The first being on more than 1,100 acres the trust is scheduled to receive in the spring. The second-phase land will be forthcoming next year.
The sale affects the trust and the Alaskans it serves, the timber industry and the POW residents who recreate at the nearby Sarkar Lakes. Buffers were established during creation of the sale.
Comments pertaining to the sale may be emailed to email@example.com.