If we don’t act soon, the U.S. Forest Service could approve the largest old-growth logging project in the country in more than three decades.
The Tongass National Forest is under attack—we need your urgent help now to tell the Forest Service to reject the massive Prince of Wales logging project.
The Tongass is one of the few intact old-growth temperate rainforests in the world, and the United States’ largest national forest. Its towering stands of ancient trees, the oldest of which approach 1,000 years in age, provide vital habitat for bears, salmon, Sitka black-tailed deer, goshawks and Alexander Archipelago wolves, and other species found nowhere else in the world.
Prince of Wales Island is the fourth-largest island in the U.S., after Hawai‘i, Kodiak Island and Puerto Rico. Larger than the state of Delaware, the island was blanketed with temperate rainforests of ancient spruce, hemlock and cedar.
Commercial logging reached Prince of Wales Island in the 1950s, and it hit with reckless abandon. Between 1954 and 2004, the timber industry logged 94 percent of the high-volume old-growth forest on the island.
Undaunted by this destruction, Forest Service officials are on the verge of authorizing a project that would log virtually all of the old-growth forest that remains on lands open to logging. The Prince of Wales timber sale project encompasses roughly 2.3 million acres and would clear-cut 235 million board feet of old-growth forest. Tell the Forest Service to reject this massive logging project!