Alaska’s Old Growth Gamble

Will the Tongass National Forest Lose its Wildlife in Clearcuts?

Some old-timers still remember the Pacific Northwest in its glory. They say the salmon were so numerous you could walk across their backs as they swam upstream to spawn every year. That was before the dams stopped the stream flows, and logging and cattle grazing denuded the stream sides. In those days, the old-growth forests seemed limitless and everlasting. That’s a faded memory now, as we struggle to save the last of the Northwest’s big trees and the species, like the spotted owl, that depend upon them.