Reinstate the "Roadless Rule" To Protect Tongass National Forest From Logging
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There's nothing to gain from destroying some of the most rare ecosystems on the planet, but we stand to lose a lot.
Alaska's Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest and the world's last remaining temperate rainforest, so we need to protect it.
The 17-million-acre rainforest is home to 30% of the world's remaining old-growth trees, which absorb and store more carbon than young trees, and was protected from commercial logging and construction under U.S. Service's Roadless Rule, until recently.
In October, the Trump Administration exempted Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule, putting 9 million acres (55%) of vital old-growth trees at risk1.
The spruce, cedar and hemlock trees not only absorb and store 8 percent of total carbon in the U.S. but are a vital resource to multiple Indigenous tribes and home to over 400 wildlife species2.
The Tongass National Forest is vital in our fight against climate change.
There's nothing to be gained by logging this area, including economic gain. Those in favor claim it will bring more jobs and money to the state, but logging only accounts for 1% of the area's employment, while fishing and tourism account for 25%3.
Once these essential and rare ecosystems are destroyed, they are gone forever, and we need them now more than ever.
Tell President Joe Biden to immediately reinstate the Roadless Rule to Tongass National Forest for the sake of people, animals, and the planet.Sign now.
- Federal Register (2020, October 29), "Special Areas; Roadless Area Conservation; National Forest System Lands in Alaska."
- Wanda Kashudoha Loescher Culp and Osprey Orielle Lake, Grist (14 January 2021), "America's 'climate forest' is under attack. Biden can protect it."
- Eilperin, J., The Washington Post (28 October, 2020), "Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests."
To President Joe Biden & U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Please reinstate the Roadless Rule to Tongass National Forest and preserve the world's last temperate rainforest.
In addition to absorbing 8% of carbon from the U.S., the area is a resource to multiple Native Alaskan tribes and home to over 400 wildlife species, including endangered species.
The forest is an ecological treasure and needs to be protected from commercial logging, construction, and other deforestation.
We need the Tongass National Forest to combat climate change and the only way to preserve it is to reinstate the Roadless Rule.
Your swift action is appreciated.