The Tongass in Southeast Alaska is our country’s largest national forest—nearly 17 million acres of towering Sitka spruce trees, fog-drenched inlets, salmon-spawning rivers, and well-fed bears. It is a land of plenty, which is why the timber industry has aggressively logged here for decades.
Three years ago, the administration set a goal of transitioning quickly away from destructive old-growth logging, yet the Forest Service is now considering weakening its conservation strategy, even planning several large old-growth timber sales with no reduction in sight.
Hold the government to its promise by commenting on this disappointing proposal. We need sustainable management that restores forests, develops tourism, preserves watersheds, improves fisheries, and protects the lifestyles of southeast Alaskans who live off the lands and waters.
In defense of this wild and magnificent ecosystem, Earthjustice has represented Alaska Natives, tourism businesses, and commercial fishermen—all of whom have a deep need for a healthy Tongass rainforest. And we speak up for people who may one day travel to southeast Alaska and enjoy its world-class hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, kayaking, and whale watching.
We now have a chance to shift to a sustainable future for this awe-inspiring coastal temperate rainforest. Do not waste this opportunity: tell the Forest Service to protect and sustain this national treasure for generations to come.