Logging Lawsuit in Tongass National Forest Invalidated

A federal appeals court just invalidated four U.S. Forest Service logging projects in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Congratulations to Larry Edwards, Greenpeace, and all involved in the successful lawsuit!
The Tongass National Forest is not only the country’s largest national forest, but also the world’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. The four projects were slated to clear cut 33 million board feet of timber from a 1,700 acre section of old-growth in the National Forest. About 14 miles of logging roads would have been constructed in order to support this logging.
If allowed to go through, the logging would have destroyed critical deer habit, which serves as prey for the rare Alexander Archipelago Wolf (there could be as few as 50 left!) and is vital for subsistence farmers in the area.
Congratulations again to Larry Edwards and all involved on this huge win for Alaska’s wildlife!
Check out more information at Greenpeace. https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/forests/alaska/

The McNeil River Needs Our Help!

Photo by Bob Hallinen.

With headwaters in the Aleutians, the McNeil River provides sustenance to a vast array of wildlife, most notably salmon and brown bears. It was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 to protect what is currently the world’s largest congregation of wild brown bears. As many as 144 bears have been observed at McNeil River over a summer, and in recent years as many as 80 bears been in view at a time.


The McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and the bears that live there need our help. The construction of Pebble Mine and its infrastructure (a deep water port and a two lane road) poses a huge threat to nearby McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and the world’s largest seasonal congregation of brown bears. In fact, the construction would be a direct violation of the mandate legislating the Game Sanctuary, which states its purpose as: “The permanent protection of brown bear and other fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for scientific, aesthetic, and educational purposes” and “To manage human use and activities in a way that is compatible with that purpose and to maintain and enhance unique bear viewing opportunities in the sanctuary”.


So, what can you do? Visit the McNeil River Alliance’s website below, and submit your public comment in support of the bears and wildlife of the sanctuary. Comments are due May 31, 2019!