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Alaska’s Tongass & Chugach
The Future is in Your Hands
You are invited to a stunning slide show presentation
highlighting both the rare beauty and the systematic destruction
of the world’s last great temperate rainforests.
When: Tues., June 17th 6 p.m.
Where: Discovery Theatre
51 West Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek (269) 441-2700
When: Wed., June 18th 7 p.m.
Where: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
701 W. Cloverdale Road
The presenter is Brian McNitt, a 20-year resident of southeast Alaska. He
will share his story about American’s rainforest in Alaska and why it is
crucial that Michigan residents understand that they have stake in what happens
in the forest he calls home.
Offering stunning photographs taken by Alaskans, the slideshow highlights
both the rare beauty and the systematic destruction of the world’s last great
temperate rainforest which is largely made up of the Tongass and the Chugach
National Forests in Alaska – the nation’s two largest national forests.
Stretching for hundreds of miles along Alaska’s southern coastline, these
publicly-owned lands contain centuries-old spruce and hemlock trees that
grow to heights of 200 feet. The dense forest canopy shelters one of the
rarest ecosystems on earth – a temperate rainforest, home to healthy populations
of whales, wolves, deer, all five species of pacific salmon, and the world’s
largest populations of grizzly bears and bald eagles. The forest also provides
important resources for local Alaska communities and Natives, who depend
on the lands and water for their livelihoods.
“These incomparable rainforest lands belong to all of us, the American people,”
said Kristine Kashmar, Midwest Organizer for the tour. “It’s now more important
than ever that we recognize our responsibility in protecting some of the
wettest, wildest tracts of forest left in America.”
Sadly, America’s rainforest is under threat. For decades, the American taxpayer
has subsidized the logging industry in the Tongass. Over the past 5 decades,
70 percent of the largest and oldest trees in the Tongass have been clearcut
- costing taxpayers on average more than $30 million a year.
Recent actions by Congress and the Forest Service continue to put the future
of the rainforest in jeopardy. Brian will educate Michigan residents of the
opportunities that are available to them to support protection of Alaska’s
forests over clearcut logging.
“The Alaska Rainforest is a spectacular place,” added Kashmar. “It seems
foolish and shortsighted to continue to waste tax dollars, knowing that it
will do irreversible damage to a priceless national treasure.”