Help protect Alaska's threatened rainforests
The Alaska rainforest boasts 22.5 million acres of ancient forest, including giant trees hundreds of feet tall and up to a thousand years old. It's also home to the world's healthiest remaining populations of grizzly bears, bald eagles, and salmon. A few moments of your time can help save this irreplaceable treasure forever.
Clearcut Logging Doom for Wildlife and Fish Dependent on the Rainforest
Clearcut logging spells doom for wildlife and fish dependent on the ancient forest stands found in Alaska's rainforest. Unlike natural wind disturbances (the dominant force of natural change in Alaska's rainforest, replacing trees in very small groups scattered across the forest) all trees are logged in a clearcut, regardless of age or size. Initially, increased light allows a flush of new vegetation. However, 20-30 years after logging, the new trees close in, creating a dense thicket of small trees that eliminates virtually all light on the forest floor and kills understory growth. This logging practice, the dominant harvest method in Alaska, leads to lengthy periods of relative biological sterility.