Scientists Want Protections for Salmon in Tongass

A coalition of scientists is asking Congress to enact legislation protecting 1.9 million acres of salmon habitat in the nation's largest national forest.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- A coalition of scientists is asking Congress to enact legislation protecting 1.9 million acres of salmon habitat in the nation's largest national forest.


The proposal is billed at the "Tongass 77," referring to the number of watersheds that would be protected from activities like logging, mine development and road-building. There is currently no such bill pending in Congress but the roughly 230 scientists who signed the letter, as well as other activists, hope the plan will be picked up and sponsored.


The Tongass covers much of southeast Alaska and is billed as the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. According to the U.S. Forest Service, nearly 80 percent of the commercial salmon harvested from the region annually come from the Tongass.

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