Do not cut down the Tongass National Forest

Do not cut down the Tongass National Forest

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Exempting the forest from the roadless rule is a slippery slope from here. Which forest is next?

It isn’t the 1800s anymore, when national forests were just a necessary means to guarantee a steady supply of lumber and paper. We now understand the unique and important role of older trees in everything from combatting climate change to maintaining a healthy wildfire regimen.

We also understand that the decades of industrial-scale logging that preceded the passage of the Roadless Rule were dangerous and counterproductive, and that an intact forest provides clean air, water and other communal “ecosystem services” whose value far exceeds that of a flatbed truck piled high with spruce and cedar logs. Furthermore, analyses suggest logging of roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest is grossly uneconomical, as the Forest Service typically makes back less than a dime for every dollar spent on selling the forest’s old-growth trees.

on top of not being the economically smart move around 28% of fish (like salmon) all originate from this area because of its stream systems. and brings in around 60 million annually to the surrounding areas. 

According to a recent report, taxpayers will likely Lose hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years from just a few planned timber sales in the Tongass. Meanwhile, industrial-scale logging and road-building threaten the abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery essential to tourism in Southeast Alaska, an industry that contributes more than $1 billion to the region each year and accounts for 15 percent of the region's employment. Meanwhile the timber industry accounts for only about 1 percent of Southeast Alaska’s jobs. Many Alaskans have noted this and decried the outsize influence of timber interests while speaking out against changes that would exclude the state’s forests from Roadless Rule protections.

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