Forest chief on four-day tour of Alaska

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth is in Southeast Alaska this week meeting with agency officials, timber representatives and environmentalists.

Bosworth was in Ketchikan and Petersburg on Monday and has scheduled stops in Cordova, Juneau, the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage later this week, said Ray Massey, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The visit is part of a four-day trip to learn about specific issues facing 22 acres of federal forest lands in Alaska, Massey said.

This is Bosworth's first visit to Alaska, Massey said.

Bosworth plans a breakfast meeting with several local environmental groups in Juneau on Tuesday before going to Angoon for an elders lunch with Alaska Natives, Massey said.

He also plans similar meetings with industry and environmental groups in Anchorage, Massey said.

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