Last week GSACC sued the Forest Service over its Big Thorne logging project, on Prince of Wales Island. We are joined by four other organizations in the suit. Big Thorne is by far the largest logging project on the Tongass since the pulp mill era ended nearly two decades ago.
The Tonka Project would be conducted as one large sale largely by clearcutting, euphemistically referred to as “even-aged management.” Clearcutting is the most damaging of logging methods for impacting a wide range of old-growth dependent wildlife species. This timber sale will be adding to the impacts of 30 years of industrial logging in the area.