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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Save America's only temperate rainforest from logging: theTongass National Forest

There is logging going on in one of our national forests; the Tongass National Forest in Alaska's southeastern region - at least a million acres of old-growth trees and wildlife in a totally natural environment. The activity is very questionable, but legally exploits a loophole in the law.

The Forest Service just began a program to phase out logging of the Tongass' huge, old growth trees, and the logging roads that go with them. Most of the trees are several centuries old. But the program, as proposed,  could take as long as 15 years. (a lot of damage can be done in 15  years)

The Tongass is a rare rainforest in a temperate climate. America's only one! Right now, much of the Tongass has already been logged and roaded (essentially ruined for several hundred years). Tell the National Forest Service or your congressman to speed up the program, or there may be nothing left worth saving 15 years from now.

OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at in Denton.


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