At 16.7 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the US and home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes for over 10,000 years. This vast forest provides vital habitat for wildlife, as well as clean air and clean water for all creatures who live there. Tongass residents rely on the land for cultural traditions and for their livelihood—commercial fishing, tourism and recreation drive US$2 billion into the economy each year.
The Tongass is home to humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, wolves, brown bears and bald eagles and five species of salmon. Because of its size, the forest plays a critical role as a carbon sink, absorbing around eight percent of the nation’s annual global warming pollution and storing roughly 10-12 percent of all carbon in our national forests.
The Trump administration wants more logging and development in the Tongass National Forest, one of the wildest places we have left and a key tool for fighting climate change. Ask your lawmaker to stand up for the Roadless Area Conservation Act.