Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966


Mud Bay woodcutters need permits


The land beside Mud Bay Road from the bottom of the hill at 4 Mile to the private property past Letnikof Cove marina is not open for wood cutting of any kind, including personal use. Unlike other state land in the area, this land is held by the Alaska Mental Health Trust and the University of Alaska. Any cutting of trees, standing or down, must be done under permit.

This announcement is being given as several residents have recently been contacted in reference to cutting in the area and there have been questions in the past as to whether or not cutting here is permitted.

Anyone taking trees from the Mental Health Trust/University of Alaska land without a permit can be charged with theft. The severity of the charge is based on the commercial value of the tree which has been damaged or stolen, and can easily rise to the level of a felony theft for a single tree. In addition, the tree and all equipment used in the theft (logging equipment/vehicles, etc.) can be seized.

Please contact the local DNR Forestry office at 907-766-2120 for information on areas that are open for personal use wood cutting.

Trooper Andrew Neason, Alaska State Troopers

Trooper Ken VanSpronsen, Alaska Wildlife Troopers