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The timber industry and Alaskan government officials, including Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), say that developing the forest is imperative to growing the state’s economy and claim that only one percent of the forest would be impacted by the rule reversal. However, advocacy group Earthjustice has revealed that the Trump administration has worked with the State of Alaska as well as the logging industry to make it easier for old-growth forests to be logged. Environmentalists have cause for concern that opening pristine forest for logging development will harm precious ecosystems and sacred Indigenous land.
The Logging Interest: This battle has been raging for years now; the administration has been met with resistance not only by green groups but by Indigenous people as well. The forest holds deep cultural importance to the Tlingit, whose members traveled to Washington, DC last year to speak out against the push to eliminate the “Roadless Rule.” As part of a delegation sponsored by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), the members told Congress, “If you destroy the Tongass Forest, if you destroy the ecosystem, the salmon, the rivers, the trees, you also are committing cultural genocide against indigenous people because they are the land the land is them.” The Tlingit are not the only Indigenous people opposed to the development of the Tongass; in July, nine Alaskan tribes submitted a petition calling on the USDA to stop the rolling back of protections for the old-growth forest.
The logging of the Tongass forest would become part of a global loss in old-growth forests and carbon sinks. In the past 20 years, logging has removed over 800 million acres of forest, an area more than 47 times the size of the Tongass. Kim Heacox, an author, novelist, and photographer who has lived in Alaska for 40 years says, “Cutting down the Tongass, one of the best carbon sequestration forests in America, would be a crime.”
Many European cities are known for their impressive walls, but Madrid is taking siege protection to the next level. The city has embarked on a project to build a 75-kilometer urban forest surrounding the city, planting one million new indigenous trees. Madrid’s councilor for the environment and urban development, Mariano Fuentes, says the project will “improve the air quality in the […]
The Amazon River Basin is home to our planet’s largest rainforest: roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States and covers about 40% of the South American continent. While this vast forest has traditionally been a carbon sink, for years scientists have feared that the Amazon could turn into a carbon source instead. A […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer It’s official: the Biden administration has announced it will end large-scale logging in the Tongass National Forest and restore the “roadless rule” that was previously rolled back under Trump. The administration says it will focus its efforts in the Tongass on forest restoration, recreation, and other non-commercial ventures. Officials are now celebrating the […]
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