From Charlotte Tanner, of Ward Cove, Alaska:
I am a longtime Southeast Alaska resident. In my youth, I fished with my husband and children. The Tongass Forest is essential for the salmon to survive, along with a multiplicity of other living things. For half a century, I have witnessed the Tongass Forest being cut down as though it were a golf course. It makes my heart bleed.
I am also a gardener and I know that this will eventually turn Southeast Alaska from a rainforest to a desert or something close to it. When I see humans turning lush, green forest into junkyards of crushed cars, deserted machinery, discarded garbage and other detritus, it makes me wonder just what the purpose of humanity can possibly be?
Please don’t cause any more harm to this forest. Thank you.