Target: Commissioner Marc Luiken
Goal: Stop destruction of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for an unnecessary highway.
The Federal Highway Administration along with the State of Alaska wants to build a road through 50 miles of the rainforest in Tongass. Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is the nation’s largest national forest, home to people and animals including vulnerable wolf populations. It’s so massive it’s estimated to be the size of West Virginia.
Marc Luiken is the commissioner of Alaska’s department of transportation and facilities. It has been reported that this highway will hurt Alaska’s economy because it’s very expensive to build. This road is unnecessary because there is already a ferry that brings people from Juneau to Haines and Skagway. Alaskans that are against this road ask for a better ferry system to be built.
The Sierra Club is a legendary environmental organization that helped to pass many bills such as the Clean Air Act. Their Alaskan chapter says that this road would be hazardous because it could lead to several avalanches yearly. Avalanches would force the road to be closed for a month or longer each year.
By signing this petition, you would be saving the array of wild life and wetlands in Tongass. Urge Commissioner Marc Luiken to not build a road that will tear down a great national forest.
Dear Commissioner Marc Luiken,
The destruction of 50 miles of Tongass’s national rainforest is pointless and pricey. Tongass is home to many different animals including wolves, eagles and salmon. It’s the largest temperate rain forest in the world, inhabited not just by animals but also by communities of people.
The costly amounts of money needed to build this highway would hurt taxpayers in Alaska. The devastating tearing apart of the forest is not even needed to access Junea to Haines and Skagway, since there is already a ferry to do this.
The Sierra Club, an environmental organization that has been around since 1892, is always working to help protect the environment and has been successful in passing many environmental bills. The Sierra Club’s Alaska chapter discusses many reasons that this road is not a good idea. One reason the Sierra Club points out is that this road may lead to several avalanches yearly. These avalanches are not only hazardous but also will result in the road closing for a month or more yearly. There are many people in Alaska protesting the Juneau road and instead asking for a better ferry service.
By building this road, you are financially hurting Alaskans and destroying wetlands and wild life. This road is not essential for transportation needs because there is already a ferry in place. If you decide not to build this road you will be helping to protect the people and animals of the Tongass national forest.
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