Regional Development of Pulpwood Resources of the Tongass National Forest Alaska (Classic Reprint)by Clinton Gold Smith
The time seems to be ripe for the extensive exploitation of Alaskan pulpwood. The successful operation of pulp and paper mills in near-by British Columbia, which has practically similar timber and power resources and comparable transportation facilities, removes the
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The time seems to be ripe for the extensive exploitation of Alaskan pulpwood. The successful operation of pulp and paper mills in near-by British Columbia, which has practically similar timber and power resources and comparable transportation facilities, removes the speculative element from the proposed development. The demand for paper has increased to such an extent that it has become possible for well-organized and adequately financed companies to operate pulp and paper mills on an extensive scale, particularly for making newsprint. Ten years ago the United States produced its entire supply of newsprint. In 1919 two-thirds of it was imported, mostly from Canada; and Canadian supplies are not without limit. All indications point to a continuance of the demand at prices which should make possible profitable operations in Alaska.
New sources are imperatively required for the supply of raw pulpwood. This need has already brought mills to the Pacific coast. They were located, first in California, Washington, and Oregon, and then in British Columbia. The same transition has taken place in the lumber industry, and the production of lumber in the Pacific Northwest is increasing steadily. The movement in the pulp industry, however, is necessarily slower, because of the greater investment called for per unit and the very large requirement for power. Furthermore, the pulp industry demands an assured permanent supply of raw material and a proper allocation of water power under stable tenure, both of which requisites are found in the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska. It is the policy of the Forest Service to sell pulpwood from the National Forests with such provisions for future supply as will assure the permanence of the industry.
Advantages Of Regional Development.
There is room for a number of mills on the Tongass Forest. When these are in operation, together with the established mills of British Columbia, which are reported to represent an investment of $42,000,000, they will constitute a producing region whose products will have a recognized standing in the world's markets. The development of this region will facilitate the procurement of sales contracts and needed capital, make it possible to attract both skilled and unskilled labor, and, lastly, but by no means of least importance, enable the industry to secure favorable conditions and rates for the transportation of its products. These are prime factors in the success of an operation of any magnitude, and are recognized as such.
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