27 Apr '12, 3pm

April 27, 2012 - End Old Growth Temperate Rainforest Logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest via @EcoInternet

The Tongass National Forest is America’s largest - covering most of Southeast Alaska and surrounding the famous Inside Passage - and is part of the world's largest coastal, temperate rainforest. The 16.8 million-acre Tongass forest contains 11,000 miles of shoreline, and is home to bears, spawning salmon, bald eagles, relatively intact forest ecosystems, and breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska. Sadly, the Tongass has already lost nearly all of its old-growth forests to past logging with only around 0.5 percent remaining (82,000 acres). And tragically, even this small amount old growth that remains is now threatened with resumption of previously banned “high-grade” logging, mandating selective logging of the largest and most rare trees across the Tongass, despite their ecological importance. Indigenous owned Sealaska logging company - along with Alaskas’s elite po...

Full article: http://forests.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=tongass_o...

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