Restoring Alaska’s Timber Industry: A path to economic growth & environmental resilience 

by Robert Yundt
March 21, 2024

Alaska’s timber industry, once a powerhouse that generated over 4,000 jobs annually, has seen a significant decline since shortsighted & negative federal regulations were imposed by the anti Alaskan Clinton administration some 25 years ago.  

It’s well past time to revive this vital sector on State lands which will benefit both economy & wildfire mitigation management. 

Revitalizing timber production on state lands will unleash a wave of economic opportunities, support local businesses, enhance our efforts in combating inflation & wildfires & best of all, we don’t need to ask the permission of Washington DC to do it.  

Returning the timber industry to its former glory days on state lands will create a multitude of jobs across various sectors. From logging & processing to transportation & retail, a thriving timber industry fosters a robust economy. Job creation not only boosts household incomes but also stimulates local businesses, leading to a ripple effect of economic growth.  

The utilization of timber for various local uses & products is a win-win scenario. Timber can be used in construction, furniture making, paper production, & even renewable energy sources like biomass. This diversity in applications ensures a steady demand for timber products, supporting a stable market & contributing to the resilience of our local economy.  

As Alaskans grapple with inflation, investing in local timber production offers a solution. By reducing reliance on imported timber, we can mitigate the impact of global supply chain disruptions that increase prices. Supporting domestic industries like timber also strengthens our economic self-sufficiency, making us less vulnerable.  

A revitalized timber industry would also play a crucial role in wildfire prevention & proactive land management. Sustainable logging practices, coupled with reforestation efforts, help maintain healthy forest ecosystems. Thinning our dense forests through responsible timber harvesting will reduce the fuel load for wildfires, thus making us more resilient to fire outbreaks.  

In conclusion, I believe reviving Alaska’s timber industry on state lands holds immense potential for job creation, local economic growth, inflation control & wildfire prevention. It’s a multifaceted opportunity that aligns with our goals of sustainability, resilience & prosperity. With supportive policies & community engagement, we can usher in a new era of prosperity while safeguarding our natural resources for generations to come.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page & learn about my campaign for Alaska State Senate Seat N in Wasilla. I am running with a core vision of statewide fiscally responsibility, family values & Alaska first policies that will benefit all Residents from every community & walk of life. 

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