Target: Chief of U.S. Forest Service Thomas Tidwell
Goal: Stop giant timber sale in the majestic old-growth Tongass National Forest
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. In remote Alaska, this forest is home to a variety of rare and endangered flora and fauna and it has come under threat. The U.S. Forest Service is about to finalize the Big Thorne sale, one of the most aggressive and significant timber sales from this forest in 20 years. Such logging efforts are detrimental to the deer, wolves, and other wildlife living in this area. They need to be halted immediately.
If the timber sale is finalized, as many as 116 million board feet of of old-growth trees will be cut down and turned into timber. Recently, the Forest Service stated that it needed to conduct a study to evaluate the environmental impact, but the organization has decided that no further research is required. The sale is currently being finalized, leaving environmentalists baffled and furious.
The Tongass National Forest is home to the Alexander Archipelago wolf, which is an endangered species. The forest has suffered through decades of unsustainable logging efforts, and the land has also been used for recreation. It would be a shame and a great disservice to our planet to cut down these old-growth trees.
Protest the logging of the Tongass National Forest by signing this petition.
Dear Thomas Tidwell,
It has come to my attention that the United States Forest Service has decided to finalize the massive Big Thorne timber sale. The Forest Service recently stated that it wished to conduct a study on the area before the area is finalized for the sale, and has concluded that no further research is necessary. This decision has greatly concerned environmentalists, as the Fish and Wildlife Service was not able to go in-depth about logging consequences.
There is a real chance that this logging effort could be traumatic for the wildlife living in this forest and I urge you to think about these consequences. The Tongass National Forest has been subjected to logging efforts in the past decade and I’d hate to think about the U.S. Forest Service adding to it. I urge you to reconsider this timber sale and prevent it from occurring. Our wolves, deer, and other wildlife also need a place to call home and it is not for humans to take that away.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mark Brennan