The Tongass National Forest, America’s largest national forest, continues to be threatened by new congressional attempts to clear-cut rare and valuable old-growth trees. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service has started a planning process to kick-start the largest old-growth logging project in the U.S. in recent history, and has begun a process that could lead to the national forests in Alaska being exempted from the federal Roadless Rule.
At approximately 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is America’s largest national forest, encompassing the majority of the southeast Alaska Panhandle. Rising from the deep, rich waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage, Southeast Alaska is a land of ancient forests, mountains and glaciers.
Decades of clear-cutting has cost the Tongass portions of its best habitat, and yet the forest still contains some of the most intact expanses of temperate rainforest remaining in the world. It is home to five species of Pacific salmon, humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, Alexander Archipelago wolves, plus some of the largest concentrations of brown bears and bald eagles found in the United States. Its giant old-growth trees are also a warehouse of carbon, helping regulate the planet’s climate.
Have you visited the Tongass?
The International League of Conservation Photographer’s 1Frame4Nature is a collection of images and stories from around the globe of your personal connection to nature. However small, when combined with the actions of others, your individual actions can impact real and tangible outcomes for the preservation of our planet. Check out iLCP Fellow Amy Gulick’s 1Frame4Nature on the Tongass National Forest!