Past logging practices in the Tongass National Forest have been hard on fish and wildlife, but all the second-growth forest that's grown up where the big trees once grew is ready for restoration. Soon, these trees will be large enough to use for valuable products. A beautiful cabin now under construction in Gustavus, with logs from Prince of Wales Island, is built with the logs that were thinned to hasten the forest's return to old-growth conditions. Restoration projects like this one do provide some jobs and they are one part of the Tongass' transition to a more sustainable way of managing forests.
There's a good forest science explanation here, along with a slideshow of the cabin under construction.