Friday, December 25, 2009

Logging in the Tongass National Forest


The Tongass National Forest in South East Alaska is home to some of the last great continuous stands of old growth, temperate rainforest in the world. In 2003 the Bush administration passed a law that provided an exemption for the Clinton-era roadless rule, allowing logging to continue more or less unchecked in Tongass. Now a Native Tribe, represented by EarthJustice is taking the federal government to court saying that the 2003 exemption is inconsistent with the 2001 roadless areas law.

Tongass is home to a rich diversity of salmon, trout and char. Timber harvest and associated road building pose serious threats to the integrity of stream and riverine ecosystems where salmon spawn and rear.

More information in the San Francisco Chronicle:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/12/23/financial/f061858S65.DTL

Press Release from EarthJustice's website:
http://www.earthjustice.org/news/press/2009/alaska-native-tourism-and-conservation-groups-seek-protection-for-roadless-areas-in-tongass-national-forest.html

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