Nearly 100,000 CREDO members already signed a petition urging the US Forest Service to protect the Tongass National Forest.Now the public comment period is open, and we need your help again.
Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the United States, provides a habitat for iconic wild creatures and continues to protect old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old.1 We can't let the Trump administration destroy it, but we only have a few weeks left to register our opposition to Trump's rule that would open the Tongass to logging and mining. Will you submit a comment today?
Comments needed: Protect the Tongass from logging and mining.
The Tongass National Forest is the world's largest temperate rainforest. This means that Tongass takes in an estimated 10 - 12% of carbon of all of America's national forests and plays a critical role as Alaska’s first line of climate change defense.2 In addition, the Tongass is home to local indigenous people, including the Tlingit and Haida, who have lived in this region for centuries and rely on the forest's healthy natural resources for survival.3
Right now, the Tongass is protected by the "roadless rule," a critical moratorium enacted nearly two decades ago that blocks much-needed road building to access the millions of acres of old growth forests in the Tongass. But with dangerous, greedy climate change deniers occupying the White House and consolidating power in the administration, it's no surprise that these important protections are now on the chopping block.
Trump's policy would give mining and gas companies the power to plow through the Tongass, devastating not only Alaska's environment, but also our nation. We only have a few weeks to tell the US Forest Service to reject Trump's corrupt proposal. Add your voice now to help us flood the department with comments demanding that it block this dangerous policy.
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