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Trying to undo damage caused by decades of clearcut logging in Tongass N.F. Alaska: Bring back the salmon! Wilderness

Trying to undo damage caused by decades of clearcut logging in Tongass N.F. Alaska: Bring back the salmon! Wilderness

The Harris River once produced massive numbers of salmon. Hopefully, it will again. Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game On Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, a coalition of conservation organizations, including The Wilderness Society, is working with partners to undo the damage caused by decades of clearcut logging in the Tongass National Forest —logging that had devastated the massive salmon runs on Prince of Wales Island’s Harris River. Next week, after years of work, the U.S. Forest Service and conservation groups will celebrate the ongoing watershed restoration in the Harris River watershed on Prince of Wales Island. From the 1960s through 1987, 4,669 acres of the Harris River watershed were subjected to clearcut logging, including nearly half of the riparian areas. Logging and road building changed how fallen trees shaped the waterways, and allowed sed...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/content/prince-wales-island-alaska-...

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