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Earth Action, 2/22/06 February 22, 2006 12:10 PM

NRDC's EARTH ACTION:
The Bulletin for Environmental Activists

February 22, 2006
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In This Issue:

--Action Alerts--

Tell the Forest Service not to log Alaska's ancient spruce trees

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Action Alerts
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Tell the Forest Service not to log Alaska's ancient spruce trees

The 500-year-old spruce trees of Alaska's Tongass National Forest soar over 200
feet high, protecting the cedar and hemlock trees slowly maturing in their
shadows. Their broad, moss-draped limbs furnish nests for birds, and in the
winter their canopy protects the wildlife on the forest floor, blocking harsh
snows and preserving bushes through the coldest months. Without these ancient
giants, much of the life below them would collapse.

The Bush administration, however, wants to let logging companies tear down
these trees and all the life they support. Although the 2001 Roadless Area
Conservation Rule halted logging and road construction in wild national
forests, the administration has eliminated the roadless rule and is moving
ahead with dozens of huge timber sales in the Tongass.

The latest timber sale proposed by the Bush administration would use taxpayer
dollars to build roads and clearcut some of the last remaining wild roadless
forests on northern Kuiu Island, an area already devastated by decades of
clearcutting. Northern Kuiu Island supports perhaps the highest densities of
black bears found anywhere in North America, and Sitka black-tailed deer,
moose, marten, wolves and salmon also find refuge here. Several nests of the
Queen Charlotte goshawk, a rare raptor petitioned for protection under the
Endangered Species Act, have also been documented in the area.

In addition, northern Kuiu Island is home to ancestral Native Alaskan hunting,
fishing and gathering grounds -- but extensive clearcutting has led to a loss
of these traditional activities, and any more logging would continue this
trend. Industrial logging also hurts commercial fishermen and nature tour
guides, as well as the area's hunters and recreational boaters.

The Forest Service is accepting comments on its logging proposal through March
20th.

== What to do ==
Send a message, before the March 20th comment deadline, urging the Forest
Service to withdraw its plans to log this pristine region.

== Contact information ==
You can send an official comment directly from NRDC's Earth Action Center at
http://www.nrdcaction.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=53342/. Or use the
contact information and sample letter below to send your own message.

Kris Rutledge, Team Leader
Attn: Kuiu Timber Sale
USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 1328
Petersburg, AK 99833
Email:  comments-alaska-tongass-petersburg@fs.fed.us

== Sample letter ==

Subject:  Kuiu timber sale

Dear Team Leader Rutledge,

I oppose any new roads or logging in the Security or North Kuiu roadless areas
of the Tongass National Forest, and I urge the Forest Service to withdraw its
proposal for the Kuiu timber sale. The surrounding region has already been
logged extensively, and more clearcuts would remove the best of the remaining
forest and could  forever change the habitat of what may be the highest
densities of black bears anywhere in North America. This incredible wild area
is virtually the last unlogged and road-free fish and wildlife habitat in this
portion of Kuiu Island, supporting Sitka black-tailed deer, moose, marten,
wolves and salmon.

In addition to permanently obliterating wild roadless areas, any logging
project would likely increase taxpayer subsidies, threaten important native
ancestral grounds and endanger local industries such as commercial fishing,
tourism and hunting. Again, I urge you to withdraw your proposal to log
roadless areas in the Kuiu timber sale.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

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