Story last updated at 8/19/2009 - 5:58 pm
KETCHIKAN - Three environmental groups have appealed a U.S. Forest Service decision to log more than 70 million board feet of timber on Prince of Wales Island.
Audubon Alaska, the Alaska Wilderness League and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council want the amount reduced by about half.
Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole released the decision in June. The environmental groups say the area is a key watershed for salmon and steelhead trout, and a critical old-growth habitat for sustaining deer and other wildlife.
Owen Graham, executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, says Viking Lumber is the closest mill to the Logjam sale, and the timber could help keep it open.