The Tongass National Forest in Alaska is a rare temperate rainforest. It’s often referred to as “America’s Climate Forest” because, much like the Amazon, it plays a critical role in fighting climate change by retaining vast stores of carbon in its old-growth trees.
At the request of corporate interests, the Trump administration is seeking to remove protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and open it up to clearcutting of countless century-old trees. We need your help to stop this from happening!
Half of the Tongass National Forest has been protected by the Roadless Rule, which was implemented in 2001, and is one of the most popular conservation measures of the last century. It prevents clearcutting in about 56 million acres of national forestland across the country. But now, this administration has directed the Forest Service to roll back the Roadless Rule in Alaska, opening new areas to clearcutting to put money in the pockets of timber corporations.
The Tongass provides vital habitat for eagles, bears, wolves, salmon, and countless other species. Alaska Natives such as the Tlingit rely upon its lands and waters for their livelihood and culture. And visitors from around the world travel to the Tongass for world-class recreation, hunting, sport, and fishing.
Tell the Forest Service to stop putting corporate profits above the public interest and to protect our national forests, our air, and our water for future generations!