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Old 11-28-2009, 02:14 PM
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Default logging jobs in alaska?

I've been a logger down in georgia for a little over a year now and i'm just gettin tired of living here. I always wanted to go out west and i tried farming in north dakota for a while but that just wasn't for me. I want a job where i can work outdoors and hopefully make a decent living. I don't want to get rich but logging down here is really a struggle - not much good timber left.

A buddy of mine went out to Alaska and said there was a lot of logging going on out there. he said I should try headin up there and looking in the SE part of the state. Is he right about how much logging there is in SE Alaska? Is it easy to get a job if you have the experience? I have been around logging my whole life and have a license in Georgia is anything required to be a logger in Alaska?

I know times are tough right now but are there any other industries hiring? I've heard fishing jobs are hard to get, how about oil jobs? Mostly I just want anything where I can work with my hands. Being somewhere with plenty of places to go camping or hunting is also a plus.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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If he was in southeast Alaska 20 years ago he might have been doing some logging. If you want a logging job there now get in line behind the other thousand out-of-work loggers also looking for a job. Slim pickens. They aren't going to hire you unless your already there.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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Yeah, what stiff said, for the most part.

I'm not a fan of what the logging industry has done to my island, but you're just a guy looking for work so try these people...no wait. I'll DM you the info instead of putting it on the board for any idjit to see.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Man, where were you this summer... I had to have some logs removed from my runway's final approach and nobody wanted to work for a good days pay while I was gone at work...

So I got down on my knees and prayed to the Lord on what to do... and you know that part of "Ask and yea shall receive", well I didn't get the new EDO 2000 floats I wanted, but God did send me a bunch of engineers to get it done for me and all for no charge! I got so excided when they showed up, I forgot to reset the date on the camera, but it was this fall! They even cut them up and hauled them off into the swamp! Took out about thirty trees!







Sorry, just couldn't help myself, had to show off my beavers....
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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The logging industry is on-its-lips for a lotta good reasons...

Logging practices will have to change quite a lot before they will be back in the woods, but the logging industry isn't interested in change, they like it like it was, clear cut and leave the mess and all their trash behind...and basically get paid with taxpayer dollars for doing the logging by way of the roads they were putting in to gain access to the timber......what they are famous for

SE Alaska is a mess everywhere ya look due to friggen loggers....

For the most part the timber, what remains in SE, is nothing but pulpwood anyway....the friggen resource rapists got the good stuff years ago and it went overseas

Hopefully they will never be back.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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And....don't listen to S9...he's fulla crappolla.....
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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What is amazing when we take a ship from Dutch Harbor to Ballard, WA, as you pass Neah Bay in the Straights, almost all the timber is gone on both the Canada and American sides. When we shipped through there in the 70's, you saw very little of clear cutting it.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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At one time the timber industry in South East supported 4000 direct jobs (including mine...). Today it's only 400. Your best bet is to contact the Alaska Forestry Association in Ketchikan. You can find them with a Google search.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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And....don't listen to S9...he's fulla crappolla.....
Still no EDO 2000's eh?
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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check the other thread...
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