Staney Community Forest
More information on the Staney Community Forest Project can be found at http://conserveonline.org/workspaces/staney-creek/.
The Staney Community Forest area consists of 139,000 acres on the west side of Prince of Wales Island, between Naukati on the north and Klawock on the south. The rough terrain is highlighted by patches of trees on the productive well-drained sites and muskeg openings on the less productive, poorly drained sites.
Significant clearcut logging occurred on the southern Tongass between the mid 50s to late 90s. Prince of Wales Island and the greater Staney Creek watershed were the sites of some of the most intense cuts. Several thousand miles of logging roads and logging camps were built, and several thousand acres of old growth trees were clear cut.
Today with the pulp mills gone and the 50-year contracts terminated, logging in this area is greatly reduced. The former camps are now small communities that are struggling to find economic opportunities. The old clearcut areas are now dense, even-aged, small diameter young growth that provide poor fish and wildlife habitat. Much of the road network is no longer needed and cannot be maintained.