The Napaimute crew has been busy hauling wood to places where it’s needed…like out towards the coast. The firewood was cut on Kuskokwim Corporation land last summer and fall near Kalskag under an agreement between Napaimute and TKC.
The Kuskokwim Corporation recently developed a Forest Stewardship Plan with the aid of a professional forester that will assist them in making sound decisions on their forested lands. The Plan’s main goal is to promote an overall condition of forest health while maximizing growth, yield, and economic return from their timber assets. Objectives in the Plan include: improve forest stand conditions to protect from fire, insects and disease; improve fish, wildlife, soil, and water quality through proper integrated management practices; and enhance the economic, environmental and cultural qualities of rural areas.
There have been reports, however, of illegal cutting of live trees on TKC land so please spread the word that TKC is aware of that and that it is not allowed without the proper permit.
You can find Napaimute’s Forest Management Plan on our web site at http://napaimute.org/2014/02/19/napaimutes-forest-management-plan-september-2013/
One plus for the great ice road conditions taht we have this year – when people can go about anywhere it’s a great social and economic stimulus to the region. And boy have people been getting out and about! They’ve been traveling to basketball games, ice fishing, and having all kinds of fun.