ALASKAN GROWN - IT'S GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY
The Tongass National Forest is Sitka's back yard. The US Forest Service has an office in Sitka and is currently working with the community and interested businesses to develop a plan for utilization of timber that will be harvested during thinning of second growth forests. This project is designed to improve forest health and will provide a sustainable quantity of wood that could be used for a wood-based product.
SMALL CABIN PRODUCTION
Sitka is in need of housing that is affordable for residents just starting out in the workforce, single workers, and seniors wanting to move to a smaller home. Opportunity may exist for a pocket neighborhood of small cabins or homes, built with locally sourced young growth timber.
Woody biomass can provide a source of renewable energy. A number of successful biomass boilers are already in place in Southeast Alaska, including: the Federal Building in Ketchikan, Sealaska Corporate Plaza, and schools in Craig and Thorne Bay.
Learn more about woody biomass utilization - National Association of Conservation Districts website.
DOWNLOAD "Woody Biomass Energy in Alaska" - a U.S. Forest Service issue paper.