Day: March 7, 2017

Historically low Chilkat Chinook forecast prompts new fishing restrictions near Haines and Skagway

Alarmingly low king salmon runs in the Chilkat River will likely have ripple effects on a range of local fisheries. Sport fishing near Haines and Skagway will be nearly nonexistent this year and that’s not the only change. “This will be the first time that we’ve closed the whole Haines/Skagway area to king salmon retention, yeah,” says Rich Chapell is the area sport-fish biologist for Fish and Game. In 2017, the Chilkat Inlet north of Seduction Point will be closed to king salmon sport fishing from April 15 through July 15. It’s completely closed to retention. Chapell says they’ve...

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Haines conservation group files procedural challenge to Baby Brown timber sale

The largest timber sale in the Haines State Forest in decades is facing another challenge. A local conservation group is appealing the Division of Forestry’s land use plan for a portion of the 855-acre sale. The group says the process Forestry followed violates regulations and degrades public accountability. The Baby Brown Timber Sale has gone through about two years of planning and public input, including multiple appeals. The sale encompasses 855 acres of old growth spruce and hemlock between Jarvis and Porcupine Creeks, about 35 miles northwest of Haines. The harvest would bring a major sale to what...

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