America's Last Great Rainforest at Risk
Public Has Until August 17th to Help!
In a potentially devastating blow to America's greatest forest wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its intention to allow new logging and road building in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest - and the general public only has until August 17th to help stop it!
The Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the United States, and it includes the largest amount of old growth temperate rainforest on the planet. The Tongass provides habitat for the highest density Bald Eagle population in the world. It also supports populations of black and grizzy bears, wolves, wolverines, deer, mountain goats, goshawks, marbled murrelets, other forest birds and healthy populations of all five species of anadromous salmon. New logging and road building in the remaining roadless areas of the Tongass will jeopardize these populations, and irreversibly compromise the ecosystem integrity of our largest national forest.
According to numerous media reports and studies, logging and road building on the Tongass occurs at an economic deficit. USFS' road building and low stumpage fees have amounted to huge subsidies for the timber industry, currently amounting to about $35 million annually, even though the industry only employs 1,100 people, for a net cost to the U.S. taxpayers of $32,000 per job per year. Logging would also damage the region's two most important industries: tourism and fishing.
There is a chance to stop the USFS from logging new areas of the irreplaceable Tongass - and you can help! Before they can move forward, the USFS had to open a 90-day comment period allowing the general public to weigh-in in support or opposition to the plan. The comment period closes on August 17th, 2002! Please voice your opposition and help ensure America's wildest forest is not sacrificed for short-term gain! Send in your comment urging the USFS to protect roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest from logging and roadbuilding now!
Visit the following web site to send your comment immediately:
Or, use the sample letter template to write to the U.S. Forest Service.