The 2018 Senate Interior Appropriations bill would eliminate protection for roadless areas in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (our nation’s largest national forest) and the spectacular Chugach National Forest near Anchorage.
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