In the Tongass rainforest, the Forest Service has clung to the old-school logging of some of the most biologically rich, scenically stunning and carbon-dense forests on Earth.
References U.S. Forest Service, “Addressing Climate Change on the Tongass,” (2011) available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dThpcdjYh6VPySAv8-dz64VV2vdeXS-2/view?usp=drivesdk Marc Heller, “Old or young growth? Tongass logging at a crossroads,” E&E News, October 7, 2019, available at https://www.eenews.net/stories/1061191089 U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the State of Alaska, “Memorandum of Understanding Between the State of Alaska and the United … Continue reading Tongass National Forest/Roadless Rule
To reconcile the ecological value of the ancient forests in Alaska with their economic value as timber is unconscionable for numerous reasons, including the existential threat of climate change. On October 15th, 2019, the Trump administration took a significant step toward opening the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest to logging and other potential extractive development. … Continue reading Speak Up For Ancient Forests, Wolves, and Wildlife in Alaska.
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Already wolf hunting is rife on Wrangell Island with “bag limits” of 5 wolves and portions of the island are subject to Alaska’s infamous “intensive predator management program” encouraging even further reduction of the wolf population.
A 75% DECLINE IN 20 YEARS Wolves are a symbol of wilderness and ecological integrity. They are important in their own right and as a key part of a functioning predator- prey system. In Southeast Alaska, wolves bring significant economic benefits to communities as part of the package that lures more than one million visitors … Continue reading THE LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF LOGGING AND ROADS PUSH A TONGASS WOLF POPULATION TOWARD EXTINCTION
Without ESA protection, the only long-term solution to the Prince of Wales wolves’ peril is to stop old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest and to preserve the last remaining big trees that wolves and so many other animals need. Without an end to old-growth logging, no amount of hunting regulations, alone, can save the wolves.
Once again, the Forest Service has disregarded the evidence of the probable impacts of its timber program on wolves, other wildlife populations, salmon, and critical habitat necessary for their survival.
As we have seen on Prince of Wales, logging and roads initiate many harmful effects, including the “overharvest” and illegal take of not only wolves, but also their primary prey and sustenance, Sitka black-tailed deer.
Prince of Wales wolves are a symbol of wilderness and ecological integrity and have declined 75% in 20 years. Be their voice.