Prevent Old Growth Logging in Alaska’s Tongass Forest

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Sponsored by: Earthjustice
The forests protected by the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule rule provide vital habitat for 1,500 wildlife species, safeguard drinking water supplies for 60 million Americans and ensure quality recreation for millions of visitors.

But early in its tenure, the Bush administration excluded Alaska’s Tongass rainforest from roadless protections. The Tongass is our nation’s largest national forest and the largest remaining old-growth temperate rainforest in the world.

This spring, the selling of old growth timber in roadless areas in the Tongass is scheduled to begin. Clearcutting old growth permanently damages its habitat value for old growth dependent species and building new roads will further fragment this important ecosystem.

Tell USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to end the Bush administration’s exemption of the Tongass from the roadless rule.

Take Action and sign the letter; easy as 1,2,3

Find petition here.

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