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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 [...]

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Kids and Salmon

  Kids and salmon. Hot dogs and a parade. What could be better? Trout Unlimited Alaska helped put those pieces together on July 4th in partnership with Discovery Southeast, a Juneau-based outdoor education non-profit that connects elementary-age children with nature, including Southeast Alaska’s Tongass rainforest. TU and other fishery organizations sponsored a float in Juneau’s [...]

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Forest Service Should Cease Tongss Old-Growth Logging Immediately

Jim Furnish, a former top U.S. Forest Service official, has a strong message for his former bosses – stop the ecologically-damaging and money-losing practice of old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and do it now. In an editorial published in the Juneau Empire this week, Furnish laid out a compelling case for why Forest [...]

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Fish Need Trees, Too

  By BRENDAN JONES As a resident of Sitka, in southeast Alaska, I’ve worked in the local commercial fishing industry on and off for the past 17 years. This summer I’ll go out on the boat once more, in search of salmon, which have become one of the drivers of the region’s economic recovery. This [...]

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Forest Service Cuts to Tongass Recreation Too Deep

Alaska’s largest visitor industry group is urging Congress and the Forest Service to reverse a sharp decline in funding forrecreation programs in the country’s largest national forest, the Tongass. The Alaska Travel Industry Association, a statewide organization of tourism operators, passed a resolution this spring pointing out that the Forest Service is downsizing its Tongass [...]

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