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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #242
For Carey, and me, this is to be our last night in Port Protection enjoying the company of Mayor Ed Mura, and his partner Lizzie. It has been an awakening stay in a very tight community. No roads connect to Port P, you come and go by boat or float plane, and we will fly back to Ketchikan tomorrow. In the meantime we have some considerable halibut to feast on, and way too much alcohol to drink, but we do. Hahaha! Then, as rather perfect compliment to the perfect meal, I step out onto the beach for some air and this screaming sunset sweeps in over me from the Pacific. Those clouds most likely mean it will be raining in the morning, but right now it is a fitting end to a MOST enjoyable visit. Light it/one up and enjoy the show!
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