Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Snowless Southeast weather expected to continue

Dogs and their owners enjoy a snowless walk on a trail bordering Juneau's airport Dec. 29. Show has accumulated on nearby mountains. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)If you live in Southeast Alaska and want to see snow, you’re going to have to wait. The National Weather Service predicts a couple more weeks without significant deposits of the white stuff.

Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

Study: Climate change hurting salmon habitat

10-14 Compressed - The Nature Conservancy's Colin Shanley talks about his research on how climate change's will impact Southeast salmon habitat next to Juneau's Gold Creek.Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in the Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.

Grants take classes, medical care to villages

The Naukati School, on eastern Prince of Wales Island, is one of several to benefit from a USDA grant. (Courtesy Emily Chaudhury Design)A federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.

Report: Subsidized logging costs feds millions

Beached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)A new report says the Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry.

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictions

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.

BC says mine concerns heard, critics disagree

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)British Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.

SE candidates stake out ballot measure positions

i_voted_cropped-300x266Most Southeast legislative candidates oppose the marijuana and Bristol Bay ballot initiatives. But they support the minimum wage measure.

Report: Second-growth logging can start now

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say the transition to harvesting younger Tongass trees can happen within five years, a half to a third of what the Forest Service expects.

More Big Thorne timber sales announced

Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island's Big Thorne area.The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.