Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. At nearly 17 million acres of mostly old-growth forest, it’s also America’s largest national forest and a critical carbon sink in the global fight against climate change.
The Biden Administration’s Southeast Alaska Sustainable Strategy will re-instate previous Roadless Rule protections and add additional safeguards to the Tongass, including $25 million in federal spending on local sustainable development and an end to large-scale logging of old-growth timber across the forest’s entire 16 million acres.
It’s up to us to see this across the finish line and ensure our roadless forests are once again protected for years to come. Tell the US Forest Service that you support President Biden’s Southeast Alaska Sustainable Strategy to restore roadless rule protections on the Tongass, end large-scale old-growth logging in the forest, and invest in Tribal priorities and community-led partnerships in Southeast Alaska.
Conserving old-growth forests in the Tongass and similar carbon-rich mature and old-growth forests in Roadless protected areas across Washington state is one of the single biggest and boldest steps the Administration can take to address the climate change and biodiversity crises.
The Tongass is our backyard at just 500 miles from Washington. We share business, economic, and cultural connections. While Washington Wild has taken bold action to protect wilderness and slow climate change, the fight does not end at our borders. We’ve been standing up for the Tongass since 2019 because it’s public land entrusted to all of us. Catch-up on this issue at the media links below.
07/02/21 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Tongass rainforest: Protect our forests too“
07/02/21 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Tongass rainforest: Broken Connection“
06/27/21 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Name the Tongass rainforest a Carbon Forest Reserve to save it“
02/18/21 The Seattle Times, “Biden must quickly reinstate protections for America’s salmon forest“
11/03/20, The Seattle Times, “Save the Tongass National Forest from Logging Expansion“
10/28/2020 The Seattle Times, “Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests”
12/17/19 The Everett Herald, “Alaska’s Tongass National Forest”
12/13/19 The Seattle Times (Letter), “National forests: Places of healing”
12/11/19 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Rainforest protection begins here in our region”
12/11/19 The Seattle Times (Letter), “The true value of our national forests”
12/8/19 The Spokesman-Review (Letter), “Continue roadless area protection”
12/8/19 The Everett Herald (Op-Ed), “Commentary: Northwest must speak for trees, salmon in Alaska”
12/6/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Save the rare wild beauty of the Tongass National Forest from renewed logging”
12/1/19 The Spokesman-Review (Op-Ed), “Paul Fish: Keep backcountry roadless area protections throughout the West”
10/15/19 KUOW, “Trump Administration Moves to Expand Logging in Nation’s Largest National Forest“
09/06/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Roadless rule: Protect Roadless Areas“
08/29/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Stop the assault on the Tongass forest“
08/27/19 The Seattle Times, “Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest”
Take Action: Support National Forest Roadless Area Protections for Old-Growth Trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Let the Biden Administration know you support reinstating protections for “America’s Climate Forest.”
In a bold move for a region long reliant on felled old-growth trees, the Biden administration announced a new plan for the Tongass National Forest to restore and implement additional safeguards. Not only will the previous Roadless Rule protections be reinstated (as promised in June) but new safeguards will be added, including $25 million in […]
It’s a good day for ancient forests. The Biden Administration has committed to restore Roadless protections in the Tongass National Forest. In October 2019, the Trump administration announced a controversial proposal to eliminate long-standing protections for unlogged old-growth forests within Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The proposed management plan was an override to the 2001 […]