Kodiak Daily Mirror - Tourist guide misleading
Tourist guide misleading
by Peter Hanley
Apr 25, 2014 | 727 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the Editor,

I received the 2014 Alaska Visitor’s Guide with the April 20, 2014, edition of the Anchorage Daily News that included a section on “Visiting the Emerald Isle” under a heading “Discovering Alaska’s Rain Forest, Kodiak Island.” The article notes the abundance of green vegetation including Sitka spruce. Indeed, the Kodiak Sitka spruce forest is unique in the world, comprising pure stands. Unfortunately, the guide’s Kodiak article does not include the fact that thousands of acres of this special forest have been harvested in the past three years by Leisnoi Corporation in a clear-cut logging program conducted by their contractor, A-1 Timber Consultants. A tourist driving along the Chiniak Highway will see this significant environmental impact and will have to contend with the heavy logging traffic which runs at all hours of the day and night through the residential community of Chiniak. Leisnoi Corporation apparently never considered other economic opportunities to develop its lands. Instead, its logging has become a blight on the beautiful island of Kodiak and a significant detraction to tourism and other recreational activities.

Peter Hanley

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