Nearly a half-million acres of the Tongass National Forest were logged in the past 50 years and have resulted in degraded watershed integrity, decreased fish and wildlife productivity, and a lasting legacy of ecological debt for future generations. But, a new study suggests that restoring
Generations of loggers have seen timber from the Tongass National Forest as a source of income, but a new study indicates that the tradeoffs that come with large-scale harvests of old-growth timber in Southeast Alaska are not worth the short-term gain.
Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is an amazing landscape of rainforest-covered mountains and islands that provide habitat for salmon, bear, deer, wolves, and the Alaska people who have spent decades seeing the forest as a source of income from logging.
This study conducted by Stillwater Sciences for The Wilderness Society examines the effects of timber harvests on coho salmon populations in a heavily logged watershed on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island, and the results are alarming: Logging and related road construction and erosion near Sta