THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
THE TONGASS, #31: Cannery Cove, destination achieved! The anchor is down, the dinner is served. The guests all seem to have had a nice day in spite of the less-than-perfect weather conditions (being on this boat is REALLY nice) and everyone is enjoying a bit of communal conversation, most of which centers around our visit to see/meet Stan the Bear Man. Many guests on this trip are approaching Stan’s age, and they are ALL completely amazed that he chooses to live such a demanding and rugged lifestyle, ALONE! Hey, it’s Alaska, and then this happens! Talk about stopping the conversation. Just when we all thought the sun had finally gone away, it could not resist firing off one last flaming round before sinking into the west. This one even has crimson god-rays shooting out all over the sky above us. There was quite a lot of on-deck braying during this final event, and then we all just passed out.
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