Great article on logging in the Tongass National Forest

National Geographic published a great article on saving the Tongass National Forest from rampant old growth logging.

Get involved with the Sitka Conservation Society (featured in the article) and the Natural Resources Defense Council to help protect this last stand of temperate rainforest.

Key quotes: Forest economists have different ways of describing [old growth] habitats. “Overmature” is one. “Decadent” and “Stagnating” are popular. The favorite is still “Falling down and going to waste”. All imply that where we don’t harvest a forest to stimulate a new round of growth, the system lingers past its prime and decays. Well, they have a point, but only from the standpoint of maximum timer production. In terms of the production of life, they are not seeing the forest for the trees.

Another: For a creature in search of a meal, the gloomy floor of a second growth rain forest might as well be a desert for the next 50-100 years.


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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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3 Responses to Great article on logging in the Tongass National Forest

  1. i’m moving to the tongass next month. i’ll be teaching in a former logging town called thorne bay. thanks for posting this.

  2. Guy says:

    Matt, thanks for the link to my blog (Astoria-Rust). I’ll be back to read your writing later today.

    Thanks again,

  3. halle says:

    Like the new site Matt. WordPress is pretty nice!

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