Feds buy $4M of logged lands from Alaska Native corporation

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A $4 million deal between the U.S. Forest Service and a southeast Alaska Native corporation will return 4,500 acres of heavily logged forest on Admiralty Island to wilderness.

    CoastAlaska News reports (http://bit.ly/2dcvAag ) that the Forest Service purchased the land on the west side of the island near Cube Cove with money from its Land and Water Conservation Fund. The deal announced earlier this month covers two of 13 parcels owned by the Sitka-based corporation Shee Atika.

    The land about 30 miles south of Juneau was once forested and acquired by the corporation under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

    It was logged for nearly two decades until 2002.

    Forest Service official James King says additional funds may be spent to speed the area's restoration.

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