Alaska: Forest science academics still say: Not if we log, but how we log

The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is our nation’s
largest national forest. Nearly 17 million acres in size, it
encompasses the largest intact temperate rainforest on earth, and it
is home to abundant fish and wildlife. But management of the Tongass
is at a critical juncture.

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The Tongass Science Conference, sponsored jointly by Audubon Alaska
and the Nature Conservancy, is bringing together local and national
scientists to discuss opportunities to integrate fundamental concepts
of conservation biology into management strategies for conserving the
biodiversity and ecological integrity of the Tongass National Forest.

The all-day event starts with a keynote address by Jerry Franklin,
University of Washington: Conservation & Management of Old Growth
Forests. Other topics include: Island Biogeography, Watershed
Conservation, and Tongass Market Economy.

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