ERIC Number: ED409147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Timber Impacted Schools and Communities in Southeast Alaska.
South East Regional Resource Center, Juneau, AK.
This survey examines the impact of reduced timber harvests and mill closures by the U.S. Forest Service on timber-dependent schools and communities in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. One purpose was to recommend educational programs and services that are necessary to remediate these impacts on children. Between 1990 and 1995, southeast Alaska lost 45 percent of its logging and mill jobs due to cutbacks implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. On-site visits to 10 communities and schools in areas affected by the cutbacks included meetings with local school administrators and other school staff as well as community officials and social service personnel. Information obtained from state agencies indicates that unemployment due to cutbacks resulted in increases in social services caseloads and in the number of children who qualified for free and reduced price lunches. The social and economic consequences of cutbacks in logging and mill closures must be fully recognized, particularly how these changes affect children. It is likely that children in deteriorating communities will experience such social problems as drug and alcohol problems, delinquency, teen pregnancy, and school withdrawal. Recommendations include: (1) initiating programs to help children and their families in timber-impacted communities cope with stress, poor nutrition and health, and other problems associated with unemployment or fear of job loss; (2) requiring the U.S. Forest Service to implement a financial hold-harmless policy that covers the fiscal impact of U.S. Forest Service decisions on local schools in the Tongass National Forest; (3) strengthening vocational education and training programs for timber-impacted communities in southeast Alaska; and (4) increasing the funding for programs serving unemployed adults and school dropouts in southeast Alaska. Includes figures illustrating regional statistics for timber-related jobs lost, increases in welfare, and increases in free and reduced price lunch costs. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South East Regional Resource Center, Juneau, AK.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children