Report says federal agency lost $600M on Tongass forest

By  | 

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A new report by a nonpartisan watchdog group says the U.S. Forest Service has lost nearly $600 million through its management of the Tongass National Forest.

Coast Alaska reported Monday that the study by Taxpayers for Common Sense calculates the forest service's losses through roadbuilding and timber sales.

The report says the average net loss has been about $30 million annually over the past 20 years.

The group cites a 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office detailing the average annual cost of the Tongass timber program without factoring the cost of building access roads.

The group projects a net loss of at least $180 million despite the forest service projecting the availability of an additional 300 million feet (91 million meters) of boards in the next four years.

___

Information from: KSKA-FM, http://www.kska.org

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)