Any day now, Congress could take up two poison pill budget riders that would destroy roadless areas in Alaska’s national forests—including the Tongass, which contains some of the largest remaining stands of intact temperate rainforest in the world—and gut the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects them and nearly 50 million acres of forests from new road building and logging.
The Tongass is an ancient forest, teeming with some of our nation’s most spectacular biodiversity, and speckled with glaciers and world-class fjords. It is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, Sitka black-tailed deer, sea otters, beavers, wolves, bald eagles, and the highest concentrations of black bears in the world. It is also the only national forest in America where the U.S. Forest Service still allows clear-cut logging of thousands of acres of irreplaceable old-growth forest.
If adopted, these destructive riders would undo vital protections for the some of the last, best places in America’s national forest system. Urge your members of Congress to oppose the Roadless Rule rider and the Tongass rider. The future of our public lands depends on continuing protections for these wild areas.