Last year the U.S. Forest Service approved the Big Thorne timber sale in the Tongass National Forest—the largest, most destructive old-growth clear-cutting project in more than 20 years.
Earthjustice is in court today fighting to stop Big Thorne, but if we don’t act soon the Forest Service could approve a forest plan for the Tongass that would allow more large-scale old-growth timber sales just like it for another decade or more, instead of the quick end to old-growth logging in the Tongass promised by the administration in 2010.
We can save the Tongass rainforest—but we need your urgent help now to tell agency officials they should quickly bring an end to destructive and controversial large-scale old-growth logging.
The Tongass is one of the few remaining old-growth temperate rainforests in the world, and America’s largest national forest. Towering stands of 700-year-old trees provide vital habitat for countless species, including the Alexander Archipelago wolf.
An ancient, carbon-rich forest, the Tongass helps to moderate global climate change. Delegates to the Paris climate talks agreed that protecting the Earth’s forests is one of the most important means of curbing the damaging effects of climate change. Protecting Tongass old-growth is an essential step the United States must take to meet the climate imperative coming out of the Paris talks.
A stronghold for all five species of Pacific salmon, the Tongass supports a thriving fishing industry as well as a booming tourism industry, as people from across the country visit to enjoy its world-class recreation, hunting and sport and commercial fishing opportunities. The communities of southeast Alaska depend on the bounty of the Tongass and its lands and waters for subsistence practices, recreation and livelihoods.
Take action now to protect the Tongass National Forest and reject old-growth logging.
January 18, 2016 Action Alert ID# 325
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