By Scott Streater
Reposted from E&E News on December 9, 2016
The Forest Service has formally approved a much-debated land-use plan amendment that calls for phasing out clearcutting of old-growth trees over a 16-year period in Tongass National Forest.
Some environmentalists criticized the move as not going far enough to protect the nation's largest forest, while the timber industry is likely to object, as well.
Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has finalized a record of decision (ROD) that calls for shifting to young-growth trees in areas that have been previously logged in the nearly 17-million-acre forest in southeast Alaska, according to a notice published in yesterday's Federal Register.
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
By Thomas E. Lovejoy
Originally published in High Country News on November 17, 2016
In Paris last December, the world turned a major corner on climate change. Some 195 nations agreed on the urgency of the threat. They also agreed to take steps to combat it, including promoting forest protection and reforestation — steps that are necessary, though not in themselves sufficient, if we are to avoid consequences as extreme for our economies and health as they are for the environment.
A recent story published in High Country News features Geos Institute's Dominick DellaSala and his work to end old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Read the October 31, 2016 article
Also reprinted in the Alaska Dispatch News on November 6, 2016
Objections to Tongass Forest Plan amendment start rolling in
by Aaron Bolton, (originally published in KSTK News)
August 3, 2016 6:00 am
The U.S. Forest Service announced its plan for a 16-year transition toward young-growth Tongass timber harvests in late June. In the midst of the 60-day comment period, industry and environmental groups are starting to submit their objections.
Both the industry and environmental groups on either side of the Tongass Land Management Plan amendment can agree on one thing: the Forest Service needs to complete a full inventory of young-growth Tongass timber.
But their reasons are fundamentally different.