Clearcutting, Tongass National Forest photos, Alaska.

Clearcuts in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska (aerial photo)

Hey Folks,

One of the reasons I really looked forward to getting down to this area was to see the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is one of the last great forests remaining in the US, and probably the great temperate rainforest of the world (along with the forests of Pumalin and surrounding area, central Patagonia, Chile). I’ll try to write more on the Tongass as I get time. What this shows is why the expectation is that the forest will soon be renamed. “Tong National Forest” – as clearcutting and intensive logging continue to literally tear the ass out of the forest. This kind of stuff is SO destructive, and heartbreaking to see. Fortunately, much of the clearcutting is no longer undertaken, and the older cut areas have started to grow back – but to regenerate an ancient forest and all it’s glory takes centuries.



3 thoughts on “Clearcutting, Tongass National Forest photos, Alaska.

  1. Beth Lunsford

    Yeah, that’s sad. It will take centuries to grow back. But You’re real close to the garden of eden for bears. It’s near that clearcut somewhere in the forest. That’s where Lynn Schooler got a photo of the Blue Glacier bear. That would be awesome to see!!!

  2. Beth Lunsford

    P.S. Asyou can see from my earlier posts that you haven’t had time to read, I wrote the President about this huge mistake of clear-cutting in this forest. It is home to many rare animals. I am very upset by this! Go through Defenders of wildlife.

  3. Carl Donohue

    Hey Beth

    Yes, the Tongass is a big issue, I wish I had more time to devote to it. It’s an awesome forest, and the big timber industry folks have really done a number on it.



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