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E-M:/ Alaska Rainforest Presentations in West Michigan



Title:
          Alaska’s Tongass & Chugach
                   National Forests 
              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.


Two presentations:

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
              Hastings(269) 721-4190

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.”