More debate over timber

    Ketchikan, Alaska (AP) - A federal government proposal to open parts of Alaska's Tongass National Forest for commercial logging has raised protests from conservationists and questions from the timber industry.

    CoastAlaska reported the South Revilla project near Ketchikan involves more than 7.8 square miles of old-growth forest.

    The U.S. Forest Service said the project is expected to support about 300 regional jobs through timber sales over the next 15 years.

    The agency's draft environmental review said the project could impact numerous animals in an area used by subsistence hunters.

    A timber industry group said the project may not be financially viable.

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