Latest Blog

Let’s Not Cook the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

October 16, 2014 By MALENA MARVIN FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE According to Southeast Conference, Southeast Alaska’s economy is increasingly stable, diverse and strong. Bolstered by the powerful twin engines of fishing and tourism — drawing $1 billion each to the region annually — the Tongass is not unlike the proverbial goose that is laying golden [...]

Read more »


It’s Time for Sustainable Logging

September 28, 2014 By the Juneau Empire Logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is an industry that faltered many times before getting off the ground. Yet once it did, it took off with the momentum of a steam engine and with support from all over the state. “Hereafter in Alaska the 14th day of [...]

Read more »


Big Thorne: Big Step Backwards for Tongass

  This week’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has issued a contract for a large old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is disappointing to a wide range of Americans, including sport and commercial fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and visitors to this remote, salmon-rich region. It’s a giant [...]

Read more »


Time for Change on the Tongass is Now

By Dominick A. DellaSala Like many who care about Alaska’s economy and its world-class rainforests, I witnessed the recent news coverage on the Big Thorne timber sale as the latest boxing match over old growth logging. Each prizefighter staked out familiar ground — conservationists sued over old growth logging, industry claimed the sky was falling [...]

Read more »


Big Thorne Timber Sale Threatens Key Salmon Habitat

By Austin Williams After pledging in 2010 to bring about an end to old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service has failed to find first gear, and may have ground the shifter into reverse.  Last week, despite staunch public opposition, the Forest Service approved the largest old-growth timber sale on the [...]

Read more »