Project is a collaboration between UAS and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station
Yellow-cedar is a very valuable tree species along the north Pacific coast, but has suffered widespread climate-induced mortality in portions of Alaska and British Columbia. The reasons behind this decline, and its impacts on cedar distributions, have been a long-term research interest of scientists at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab and elsewhere. Building on their work, we are just beginning a project to study the economic, logistic, and regulatory challenges and opportunities for yellow-cedar salvage logging in southeast Alaska. This supply-side project is a collaboration between UAS and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the project will eventually expand to a demand-side evaluation of the yellow-cedar market, involving partners from the State of Alaska and private industry.