Petersburg wants land exchange to stop logging plan

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — Petersburg Borough officials are seeking a land exchange to stop the Alaska Mental Health Trust from logging on a steep hillside where there's been several landslides.

    KFSK-FM reports that residents and homeowners are concerned about the increased risk of landslides if the slopes are logged.

    The Petersburg Assembly Borough decided to address those concerns Tuesday in a letter to the trust board, the Forest Service and Alaska's junior U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan.

    The action comes after the board announced plans in August to log trust-owned lands near Petersburg and Ketchikan if a land exchange does not get Congressional approval in January.

    The board decided to proceed with the plan over concerns that southeast Alaska's declining timber industry would make their land "valueless" if not logged on.

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