03 Sep '12, 6am

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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