I was perusing Trout Unlimited’s Web site today and saw this mention from Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska, which is one of my favorite places, if not my favorite place, on earth. Unfortunately, logging operations have as much love for the place as I do. But their interest lies in tearing the living crap out of the place. That’s why it’s so disheartening to learn that the U.S. Forest Service is selling off a large tract of old-growth forest along a healthy salmon stream. Here’s a teaser from the TU story.
This week’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has issued a contract for a large old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is disappointing to a wide range of Americans, including sport and commercial fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and visitors to this remote, salmon-rich region. It’s a giant step backwards from the direction the federal agency should be heading in managing the nation’s largest and wildest national forest. READ MORE