Sen. Murkowski to Host Forest Service Chief in Southeast Alaska

Roundtable, Site Visits on Itinerary for Two-Day Visit to the Tongass

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced she will host U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. The trip will allow Chief Tooke, who took over as the head of the Forest Service in August 2017, to hear from a variety of local stakeholders and gain a greater understanding of the forest management challenges faced by communities in the country’s largest national forest.  

As part of the trip, Sen. Murkowski will host a roundtable discussion with Chief Tooke on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Ketchikan Public Library. The roundtable will focus on opportunities to improve access to the Tongass and build a more sustainable and diverse economy in southeast Alaska.

The general public and reporters are invited to attend and listen to the roundtable discussion. Only those invited to participate as panelists will be allowed to speak during the discussion. 

WHO:           U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski                     

Chief Tony Tooke

WHAT:        Roundtable Discussion on the Tongass National Forest                   

WHEN:        Friday, February 23, 2018

                      10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AKST                                                             

WHERE:     Ketchikan Public Library

                      1110 Copper Ridge Lane

                      Ketchikan, AK  99901       

**Reporters should RSVP to Nicole Daigle at Nicole_Daigle@energy.senate.gov