The moment has arrived for the era of clearcutting old-growth forests for short-term gain to end. On the Tongass National Forest, the old-growth industry is gasping its last breaths. A few holdouts are trying to keep the past alive by propping up the industry with massive and expensive timber sales. Cascadia is on the front lines blocking this expansion.
Working in concert with organizations like Greenpeace, the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (GSACC), and Tongass Conservation Society, Cascadia relentlessly monitors and challenges old-growth timber sales on the Tongass. A particular focus is the sprawling system of poorly maintained logging roads, which degrades salmon habitat. Fixing old roads is a better way of providing local jobs than building new ones. We are also especially concerned for deer and wolf, as the loss of winter habitat from historic logging accumulates into a bad situation for subsistence hunters.