Monday, March 5, 2012

The Tongass: Americas Salmon Forest

Check out this new site about the Tongass in Alaska.  As both a fishing guide, and having a background in land use planning, I find this issue particularly interesting, and a great opportunity to protect some really unique land.   The Tongass is located in S.E. Alaska, and at 17 million acres is the country's largest national forrest.   The Tongass as described above is an incredibly rich resource, and the "Tongass 77" are the 77 most valuable streams to protect in the national forrest.  The new site is also running a blog as well that will keep you up-to-date on the "Tongass 77"

Here is what Tim Bristol, TU AK Director, has to say:

“The Tongass is America’s salmon forest and one of the few places in the world where wild salmon and trout still thrive. Some 65 percent of  Tongass salmon and trout habitat is not Congressionally protected at the watershed scale, and is currently open to development activities that could harm fish. It’s time for Congress to better protect the richest resource of the Tongass: wild salmon.”
- Tim Bristol, Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program Director

1 comment:

  1. I am a director of a new non-profit called the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community. We have a viewpoint different from TU as the Tongass 77 largely depends on giving up the highest quality habitat on Prince of Wales Island. While the Tongass 77 watersheds are not legally protected like Wilderness, many of these areas are not at risk from logging. More details are provided at our website


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