The crown jewel of our national forest system is under attack!
If we don’t act now, the Tongass National Forest will soon face the largest timber sale in more than 20 years—and almost all of it is in vitally important old-growth habitat.
Last year, after the Forest Service approved the massive Big Thorne timber sale, my colleagues and I jumped into action to oppose it. We convinced the Forest Service to reconsider, but now the plan is back and the Forest Service is once again poised to move forward with this giant old-growth timber sale.
The Tongass is a national treasure that contains some of the most intact expanses of old-growth temperate rainforest remaining on the planet. As an attorney in Earthjustice's Juneau, Alaska office and a resident of the state for more than 25 years, I know the critical ecological value of this ancient forest.
It serves as critical habitat for species that are threatened or endangered in the lower 48 states—including wolves, bears, salmon, and other wildlife.
In fact, just last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Tongass’ Alexander Archipelago wolf faces serious threats from habitat destruction and logging roads—and may even warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Big Thorne project would make this bad situation much worse. Yet the Forest Service is rushing out a new decision on this massive timber sale…and we need your help to stop it.
In the Tongass, cathedrals of trees grow to be hundreds of years old. And now—if we don’t fight back—more than 6,000 acres of these old-growth trees will be destroyed.
This ancient rainforest is also a warehouse of carbon—among the most carbon-dense ecosystems on earth—playing an important role in the planet’s climate-control system.
For decades, Earthjustice has fought to protect the Tongass from timber industry attacks—and won.
Thank you for any support you can provide as we face this and other critical fights.
P.S. The Tongass' intact stands of ancient trees provide some of the last safe havens for species that are threatened and endangered in the lower 48 states