Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SE Alaska Land Deal Threatens Tongas Old Growth

The Sealaska native corporation of South East Alaska has a proposal before congress that would open u 85,000 acres outside of their original land grant to timber harvest and other exploitative industries. Since 2010 the native corporation has spent almost $300,000 lobbying congress and campaigning to open up virgin forest lands on Prince of Wales and Koskuisco Islands. As many as 79,000 of those acres would be opened for logging threatening some of the largest tracts of old growth temperate rainforest on the planet. The plan if approved would pose a significant threat to the Tongass ecosystem and the salmon populations which thrive in the old growth coastal watersheds. More information in an article from the Anchorage Daily News:


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