• Forest Service Acquisition of Harvested Native Lands in Southeast Alaska

      Knapp, Gunnar (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1991)
      This study describes Native lands in southeast Alaska and discusses the market value of these lands. The study was mandated by section 501(c) of the Tongass Timber Reform Act of 1990, to assess the feasibility of Forest Service acquisition of significantly harvested lands. During the course of the study, neither the Forest Service nor any Native corporations indicated either a specific or a general interest in such acquisitions; thus the study focuses on providing general background information about Native lands and their market value. A major problem in estimating market values for harvested timberland in southeast Alaska is that no sales of large tracts of harvested or unharvested lands have occurred. Large tracts might command significantly lower per-acre prices than have occurred in the past for small tracts. Appendixes to the report include maps showing the boundaries of Native timberlands and areas of significant timber harvesting; aerial photographs; and other detailed data.