Ketchikan Pulp Company

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Ketchikan Pulp Company was a pulp mill located on the north shore of Ward Cove, 5 miles (8.0 km) from Ketchikan, in the U.S. state of Alaska. Owned by Louisiana-Pacific, it operated between 1954 and 1997.[1] It was the last pulp mill to operate in the state.[2]

Along with the Sitka pulp mill, the mill was built as part of a U.S. Forest Service economic development program for Southeast Alaska. Feedstock for the mill was harvested from the Tongass National Forest under guaranteed 50-year supply contracts that enabled the private companies to commit the large development investments in an area with only one log supplier (the USFS). This became controversial in the late 1980s, due to environmental concerns with the scale of old-growth forest harvesting and uninformed criticism of the alleged multimillion-dollar subsidies. In 1990, the Tongass Timber Reform Act directed the agency to terminate the long-term timber contracts, and both mills closed shortly thereafter. The last bale of pulp paper to come off the mill is on display at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan.

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  1. ^ "Ketchikan Pulp Corporation Mill Site". Division Address Department of Environmental Conservation. March 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Last Pulp Mill in Alaska Closes, And Ketchikan Braces for Impact". The New York Times. 25 March 1997. Retrieved 1 June 2014.