Alaskan fishermen tell government to focus on salmon, not logging
U.S. legislation threatens oldest, tallest trees in Tongass rainforest (02/27/2012) Up to 17 percent of the tallest old-growth trees in the Tongass temperate rainforest could be cut under new U.S. legislation, according to a report by Audubon Alaska. The report argues that the legislation under consideration (S 730 and HR 1408) would resurrect the banned practice of "high-grading," which allows loggers to select the largest, most-ancient trees across the forest for cutting despite their ecological importance. The legislation is a part of a controversial 65,000 acre logging concession in Tongass to Sealaska Corporation, which is owned by 20,000 members of Native communities, from the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes. Conservation photography: on shooting and saving the world's largest temperate rainforest, an interview with Amy Gulick (07/11/2010) Most of the US's large ...