Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stop Old-Growth Logging on Prince of Wales | Save Alaska’s Island Wolf Habitat




TIME SENSITIVE ACTION ALERT 

Please take action by February 22. Easily submit your comments here: bit.ly/1PPsKTs or below, at bottom of this post, on the Forest Services’ website.

Please also sign this petition: Stop old-growth clearcutting in the Tongass National Forest from #Earthjustice  encouraging a stop to the Big Thorne timber project in Southeast #Alaska on Prince of Wales:
bit.ly/StopTheBigThorneTimberSale and this one while it is still open: Protect America’s Rainforest from old-growth logging.

The area is home to what is left of the islands population of Alexander  #ArchipelagoWolves (approximately only 50 individuals). Since Secretary Jewell did not protect this imperiled species under the #ESA, this will be our only hope in saving the wolves habitat. Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service aimed at the destructive practice of old growth logging on POW and certainly could use your support.

Please share this alert, this is our last hope for this diminished population of wolves.

Thankyou.

Background information:

The U.S. Forest Service issued a Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) to amend the Land Management Plan for the Tongass National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service amendment to the Tongass Plan aims to continue old-growth clearcutting.
The DEIS’s preferred alternative aims to end most old-growth logging within 16 years. While some important watersheds would become off limits to old-growth logging, the plan still calls for high levels of old-growth clearcuts — 490 million board feet of old growth to be logged over the next 15 years. The plan will further endanger the Alexander Archipelago wolf, and their home, the temperate rainforests that are so important to the planet, as well as allow more disastrous timber sales like the Big Thorne. The Forest Service is obviously refusing to consider ending old-growth clearcutting in five years, as many conservation groups have called for.

The amendment was originally intended to direct a transition away from decades of controversial and damaging old-growth logging, but the “preferred alternative” would allow continued clearcutting of remaining old-growth forest for many years.

*Be a voice for the imperiled Alexander Archipelago Wolves. Since Secretary Jewell did not protect these island wolves under the ESA, the logging projects will move forward sealing the fate of the wolves.

*Written or electronic comments will be accepted for 90 days and should be submitted to: Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest, Attn: Forest Plan Amendment, 648 Mission Street Ketchikan, AK 99901.

Comments may also be sent via email to: comments-alaska-tongass@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to (907) 228-6292.

For additional information, please contact Susan Howle, Project Manager, at 907-228-6340, orshowle@fs.fed.us.

Follow these links for additional information:
1.usa.gov/1SQ7Wxf
1.usa.gov/1SQ8bbF
bit.ly/1X50dlo

Please comment against this disastrous plan, already the average distance to roads within GMU2 is 2.1 miles & only 1.7 miles on POW island itself. With such high road density already in place there is little secure habitat.

Sample comment, please personalize:

I am opposed to old growth logging for 15 more years on Prince of Wales. It is essential that the U.S. Forest Service halt the Big Thorne timber project, which threatens to destroy large swaths of essential Prince of Wales habitat for Alexander Archipelago wolves and their primary prey, Sitka black-tailed deer. The Big Thorne project will also create new logging roads, increasing human access and the associated hunting and trapping pressure on wolf populations.

Without ESA protection the only long-term solution to the Prince of Wales wolves’ peril is to stop old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest and to preserve the last remaining big trees that wolves and so many other animals need. Without an end to old-growth logging, no amount of hunting regulations, alone, can save the wolves. Please transition away from old growth logging promptly.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely important matter,

Your name